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The Waukee City Council held a public hearing related to the FY 2020 budget at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 4. The Council voted 5-0 to approve the budget and Capital Improvement Program. The 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.
Last year, the Waukee City Council approved a 10-cent reduction in the property tax levy to bring the City’s portion to $13.40 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. No change in the tax levy is planned for FY 2020 budget.
“We are happy that we can continue to facilitate immense growth in the community while also maintaining existing infrastructure and services without raising property taxes,” said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard.
The budget for the City of Waukee is comprised of basic operating expenditures totaling approximately $16.1 million, business/proprietary expenses of $22.2 million, debt service expenditures of $8.6 million and capital improvement expenditures of $26.7 million. The full proposed budget totals nearly $86.8 million.
Highlights of the FY 2020 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) include the following:
Technology improvements will be prevalent throughout City departments. Investments will be made to update technology, tighten cybersecurity and increase overall efficiency. The City is also focusing on having more “in-the-field” technology for employees.
The City of Waukee currently has 112 full-time staff positions. The FY 2020 staffing plan is headlined by the addition of five new full-time public safety positions and the creation of an Assistant Parks & Recreation Director. Public safety improvement and efficiency of City services are of high importance to the Waukee Mayor and City Council.
The City Council approved utility rate increases and a decrease. The increases to water and wastewater rates minus the decrease to solid waste rates will equal a net $2.35 monthly billing increase for the average Waukee household. The moderate increase will help keep up with increased operation and system costs.
Both the budget and Capital Improvements Plan are reviewed extensively each year by the Waukee City Council during open work sessions.