Why Compare with 2005 Budget?

Since 2005 the City Budget has dramatically increased anticipating rapid population growth. But there has been only 8% population growth with few new building permits. This means existing homeowners are shouldering more and more burden in property tax (assessments have increased substantially) and fees, as can be seen here.

Data Source Iowa Department of Management February 2015

Why Nothing for Health/Social & Sustainability?

Data Source: FY2015 City Budget as filed with the State of Iowa Department of Management.

There is a line item for Health & Social Serivces that has been zero (0) for decades. The fact that city employees get great Health and Social Benefits shows there is a priority for them. Why can't we take some of the money budgeted for police and put it into sustainable programs to assure the health and well being of citizens. Framed in this way the Community "Health" Center and hiking/biking trails would become an affordable part of the City Budget.

  1. Why nothing budgeted to look at alternative energy uses by the city?
  2. Why not put a priority on sustainability as an investment?
As taxpayers we must have the means to address budget priorities and ask tough questions when necessary. That is the sole purpose of MyTown.Center.
Mount Vernon, Iowa

Actual FY
Budget FY
Expenditures & Other Financing Uses

Public Safety 518,300 946,601   Up 83% since 2005
Public Works 363,862 502,873
Health and Social Services (Sustainability) 0 0 Click to see comment
Culture and Recreation 310,357 489,283
Community and Economic Development 21,715 138,900
General Government 265,671 566,069   Up 113% since 2005
Debt Service 518,900 1,129,281   Up 118% since 2005
Capital Projects 316,288 2,475,797
Total Government Activities Expenditures 2,315,093 6,248,804   Up 170% since 2005
Business Type / Enterprises 1,092,992 1,635,716
Total ALL Expenditures 3,408,085 7,884,520   Up 131% since 2005
Transfers Out 1,843,773 1,775,518
Total ALL Expenditures/Transfers Out 5,251,858 9,660,038
Surplus/Deficit 310,853 -218,749   Deficit Spending
Beginning Fund Balance July 1 3,020,210 3,217,289
Ending Fund Balance 3,331,063 2,998,540   down 10% since 2005