Mayor presents proposed 2012 Hills budget

It’s budget time again in Rochester Hills, and Monday night city council received the mayor’s proposal for 2012. The proposed budget is the work of the mayor and department heads, but it is subject to approval by council. Council has scheduled two workshop meetings to dig into the document, at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 29. The public will have its chance to weigh in at a Sept. 19 public hearing. The budget proposal can be viewed online on the city’s Web site at … [Read more...]

Summer Work Life Balance

Do you look out the window and wish you were outside enjoying the summer sun? Has your summer so far been all work and no play? Read the work life balance tips below for guidance and then try them! Doing a few of these each week can add up to a big change over time. When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with family and friends and activities that help you recharge. If a date night with your spouse or a softball game with friends is on your calendar, you"ll have an extra … [Read more...]

Avondale to Revise Deficit Plan

The Avondale Board of Education has approved a budget for the 2011-12 school year that meets the terms of a state-approved deficit elimination plan. The board approved  the new budget Monday after reaching concession agreements with employee groups, including wage reductions of 1-2 percent plus increases in health-care contributions to at least 20 percent. Superintendent George Heitsch agreed to roll his salary back 3 percent, in addition to the 20-percent health-care contribution. The … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Awarded for Budget Presentation

Rochester Hills, Michigan- The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the City of Rochester Hills with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget year ending December 31, 2010. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by the city.  “This award demonstrates the city’s commitment to go beyond the minimum requirements of general accounting principles by preparing a comprehensive … [Read more...]

Apparent Budget Deal Completely Kicks the Can Down the Road

Rochester Hills, MI – Today, Representative Tom McMillin (R – Rochester Hills) said he sees what appears to be a “tentative budget agreement” as a refusal to deal with government employee Cadillac benefits and continued raises, while most Michigan citizens are experiencing layoffs, less benefits and wage cuts.  He cited the over $700 million of Federal bailout money included in the deal as the primary reason Michigan government can continue to forsake dealing with the reality of Michigan’s … [Read more...]

New Budget for Rochester Hills 2011

Over the past month, the mayor and city council have been working through the budget for 2011 and beyond. Mayor Barnett presented a fiscally sound, conservative budget for Fiscal Year 2011 with an outlook for 2012 and 2013. I applaud this forward thinking of a three year budget proposal. The budget, as presented, called for no new taxes or fee increases. I am a firm believer that this is the correct way to go - we must fund our core city services while staying within our budget. Families are … [Read more...]

Tough Times Ahead for County Government’s Budget

The budget process has begun and while Oakland County has been successful at staying ahead of the curve through long term planning, it has difficult years ahead. Each year, the county adopts the first year of a three year rolling budget. This is a successful planning process but only works well because of the reasonable revenue expectations that each year is based on.   The revenue picture for government has been in severe decline with no revenue increases projected for the foreseeable … [Read more...]