City due to start budget talks for FY14

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By Cindy Simpson

Rockwood officials aren’t waiting until spring to start talking fiscal budget 2014.

Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe laid out a tentative schedule of what she’d like to see the budget calendar be for this year.

The schedule begins this month, with department heads due to receive forms to list budget requests.

Ruppe believes the city can pass a budget by July 1.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t make this happen,” she told the Rockwood finance committee.

Other tentative dates she’s discussed include the March 18 finance committee; meeting with the fire and golf departments on April 15; police and public works May 6; and finance committee approval of budget requests and finalizing a proposed tax rate on May 20.

She hopes to have first draft by June 3 and first reading by June 17.

Second and final reading is planned for June 24.