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The Waukee City Council will hold a public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m., to review and approve the City’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The proposed budget is a reflection of the Waukee Mayor and City Council’s Vision and Priorities and serves as the major policymaking tool of the organization. The City Council meeting will be held at Waukee City Hall, located at 230 W. Hickman Road.
For the first time in 18 years, the Waukee City Council is proposing a reduction to the property tax levy for residents. The tax rate of $13.50 per $1,000 of taxable valuation held steady in Waukee since FY 2001. This year the Council is proposing a $0.10 drop to $13.40 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
The FY 2019 fiscal budget for the City of Waukee is comprised of basic operating expenditures totaling approximately $12.5 million, business/proprietary expenses of $23.2 million, debt service expenditures of $7.4 million and capital improvement expenditures of $22.6 million. The full proposed budget totals nearly $74.2 million.
Highlights of the FY 2019 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) include:
The City of Waukee currently has 100 full-time staff positions. Eight new full-time positions are part of a front-loaded five-year staffing plan aimed at meeting public demand for services and increasing efficiency in other areas. The new positions include: Administrative Police Lieutenant, Persons/Property Investigator, Fire Lieutenant, Firefighter/EMS, Senior Librarian, IT Help Desk Specialist, Building Inspector and Utility Billing Customer Service Supervisor. Public safety improvement and efficiency of City services are of high importance to the Waukee Mayor and City Councilmembers.
The City Council will vote on proposed utility rate increases. If approved, a $4.34 monthly billing increase for the average Waukee household will occur. The specific increases include: Water - $1.34/month, Wastewater - $2.75/month and Stormwater - $0.25/month. These increases were deemed necessary by City staff in order to keep up with increased operation and system costs.
Both the proposed budget and Capital Improvements Plan are reviewed extensively each year by the Waukee City Council during open work sessions. The City of Waukee is also wrapping up work on its new comprehensive plan. Imagine Waukee 2040, done in partnership with Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc., will help guide future development of land to ensure a safe, pleasant and economical environment for residential, commercial, industrial and public activities. A draft of that plan is expected to be released early this summer.