'Beloit should make difficult decisions'

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Talks of this year's budget for the City of Beloit are out of control.

The city manager says, "they are limited with what they can do" and in a previous article blames state levy limits.

Cities need to be both fiscally responsible and conservative. Over the last decade most American households have remained flat in income and had to keep making ends meet, forcing some difficult decisions along the way. The city should have to do the same thing.

Instead of looking for ways to take more money from the residents by force (raising wheel taxes, sewer rates, and water rates to name a few) they should be looking at how to cut the expenses or generate new capital by having people want to move here. The city has a employee to resident ratio of 1:104, which is gargantuan for a city under 40,000 people. And with $24.85 million budgeted for 352 employees, each employee costs the taxpayers $70,506.59 on average (I realize this is wages, benefits, payroll taxes all rolled into one).

If the city would go with a more reasonable ratio of 1 employee to 180 residents they could reduce personnel to 204. If they reduced payroll expenses just 10 percent on top of that they would only need $12.95 million to meet employee salary requirements and save the taxpayers. This $11 million savings could be used to improve the infrastructure, like fixing the streets, without bumping against the state levy limit.

Adam Aberle

Beloit

 

 

 

 

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