City of Muskegon
City Commission Worksession
May 9, 2016
City Commission Chambers
Present: Commissioners German (left at 6:00 pm), Hood (left at 8:15 pm), Gawron, Johnson,
Turnquist (left at 8:45 pm), Rinsema-Sybenga (left at 8:00 pm), and Warren.
The City Manager presented several revenue sources the city could implement. The possibilities
Rental space at City Hall
Providing additional services to other agencies for a fee
Creating a Public Safety Authority, Parks Authority, or Building Authority
Parking fees at Pere Marquette Park and/or Kruse Park for non-residents
Development of a temporary food and retail event at Pere Marquette Park
Registration of vacation rentals with fees dedicated to Pere Marquette Park
Increase fees in 2017 for Farmers Market
Allowing the sale of alcohol in support of Farmers Market projects
Selling naming rights at the LC Walker Arena
Consider changing the way certain services are paid for
Consider increasing the income tax and reducing the property tax
Consider a special assessment for street lighting
Reorganization of workforce
Consider updating and readopting fiscal policies as ordinances vs. resolutions
The Commission will take the suggestions into consideration for discussion at a future meeting.
The sewer fund has not kept pace with the increases from the Muskegon County Wastewater.
This year the City also lost a significant sewer customer. As such, staff is requesting
approximately 20% increase in the sewer rates.
The Commission will consider this request at the upcoming budget hearing.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. due to lack of a quorum.
Ann Marie Meisch, MMC