By Cynthia Germain
The City of Sturgeon Bay is currently in the throes of setting 2018 operating and capital budgets. Although the operating side from a cost perspective is generally fixed, the variability in the budget is how things get done and typically on the capital side. Where and how much will be allocated to reconstruction activities are closely considered, this year’s projects include the Bradley Lake revitalization. Initial budgeting efforts actually begin in the spring. As the process progresses, the city utilizes a unique system of peer review. Josh VanLieshout, City Administrator, is a proponent of this approach as the departments get to know each other’s dollars and issues.
After the reviews are done, the budgets go in front of the city council. In a series of meetings, the council members hear first hand from the department heads based on budgets previously provided to them. Final recommendations are then put in place in preparation for a public hearing which is currently scheduled for November 6th at the Sturgeon Bay City Hall.