WATERLOO — The Waterloo City Council is planning to work this weekend on preparing a budget for the coming fiscal year.
Council members are planning to hold a budget work session at 9 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall.
The tentative agenda calls for a review and discussion of budgets for Leisure Services, Waterloo Public Library, Planning and Zoning, Building Inspections, Central Garage, Human Rights, Police and Waterloo Fire Rescue.
The work session is a chance for council members, including three newly elected members seated in January, to review line item budgets and ask questions about how various departments operate.
City officials believe this year’s budgeting process could be extremely difficult.
Goals adopted by the City Council last year call for the property tax rate to be cut from $17.60 to $16.50 over the next four years. But a preliminary budget projecting only projected increases in personnel costs would boost that tax rate to $18.19 next year.
Department heads were asked to provide impact statements for 2.5 percent and 5 percent cuts in their property tax asking as part of the budget review process.
Council members are required by March 15 to set a budget and tax rate for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Saturday’s work session is open to the public.