Muskego — The Muskego Common Council vote on the 2014 budget and levy came last week only after aldermen had heard staff answers to numerous questions raised by former alderman Kert Harenda at the public hearing on the budget the night before.
Several staffers came to the microphone to answer questions such as where did the $97,000 savings go from the city not having to do a reassessment next year as it did this year and why was there an additional $5,000 in the attorney fund.
The answer to where did the $97,000 go was that it went for maintenance for the new Park Arthur, for additional money for the police officer who will be the handler for the city's first police dog and more for police presence at high school special events, and for a new GIS coordinator position to support economic development. All are things the council had previously approved, said Sharon Mueller, director of finance and administration.
The attorney account is beefed up so the city is equipped to smooth out legal questions connected with the four elections coming up next year, including the race for governor, Mueller said. The budget is the same as in 2010, another heavy election year, she said.
Aldermen were satisfied with these and other explanations to Harenda's questions.
Even Alderman Neil Borgman who has sided with Harenda on many issues in the past said, "Most were addressed and addressed pretty well."
— Jane Ford-Stewart
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