Leaders eye new sources of money
The aldermen will review a slate of proposals from department heads to generate more revenue for the city. The ideas range from the creative — selling ad space on city vehicles and a line of official city-branded souvenirs — to the predictable, such as raising building permit fees.
From the city's perspective, the most potentially lucrative proposal comes from Public Works Director Kevin Sheppard, who proposes a "pay as you throw" solid waste disposal fee. Residents would be charged per-bag fee for the garbage they leave on the curb. Sheppard estimates the program could bring in revenue of $3.5 million.
The city's relatively new Fleet Management Department is already bringing in additional revenue by using its large truck wash to service the vehicles of other city agencies. Director Wes Anderson suggests, among other things, selling advertising space on the sides of vehicles and leasing roof space at the municipal complex and other city buildings for solar panels.
Also up for votes is a final version of the vicious dog ordinance and a request from the welfare commissioner for $100,000 in contingency funds to cover a shortfall at the department. firstname.lastname@example.org
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