The mayor of Evansville presents his budget for 2020 and now it’s up to the City Council to decide what gets funded.
Monday was the start of that process with a series of budget hearings for the City of Evansville. And it all got started with an outline from Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.
Next year, Winnecke says the city government will have $17.2 million less in funding, due to property tax caps.
The caps limit the amount property tax can increase from year-to-year, keeping more money in the pockets of the taxpayers.
The total budget proposal for 2020 for both general and utility funds is $439.4 million in revenue, and $432.8 million in expenses – both significant increases from 2019.
Key projects that factor into the overall increase include the purchase of new police cars and equipment, a $1.5 million city-wide road resurfacing project and a new Penguin exhibit at the Mesker Park Zoo.
“You know we have committed to upgrading or replacing our water lines. We have approximately 1,000 miles of water lines in our city. Much of it cast iron, much of it 80-90 years old, much of it at or near the end of life. So, we are trying to replace 15 miles of water line a year.”
Winnecke also proposed a health care budget of 26.6 million dollars, an increase of 2.2% from 2019.
More hearings will be held on Wednesday and Thursday with different department heads.
According to Indiana state law, the city council must pass the budget for 2020 by November 1st.
More information on the city budget can be found here.
(This story was originally published on August 12, 2019)