Question: Should section to be amended to remove the requirement of printing at least 1,000 copies of the Mayor’s Estimate and instead provide that the Mayor “shall cause a sufficient number of copies of the estimate to be printed to provide copies to the newspapers of the City, the public library and each of its branches, and to citizens of the City who may request copies. In addition, a copy shall be made available electronically on a City website.”?

Proposed Language:

§ 38     Mayor’s Estimate

The fiscal year of the City shall begin on the first day of January. On or before the fifteenth day of November in each year the Mayor shall prepare an estimate of the expense of conducting the affairs of the City for the following year and shall submit such estimate to Council no later than February 1 of the following year. This estimate shall be compiled from detailed information obtained from the various departments on uniform blanks prepared by the Director of Finance, and shall set forth:

(a) An itemized estimate of the expense of conducting each department.

(b) Comparisons of the estimates with the corresponding items of expenditure for the last two complete fiscal years and with the expenditures of the current fiscal year plus an estimate of expenditures necessary to complete the current fiscal year.

(c) Reasons for proposed increases or decreases in the items of expenditure compared with the current fiscal year.

(d) A separate schedule for each department showing the things necessary for the department to do during the year and which

of any desirable things it ought to do if possible.

(e) Items of payroll increases as either additional pay to present employees, or pay for more employees.

(f) A statement from the Director of Finance of the total probable income of the City from taxes for the period covered by the Mayor’s estimate.

(g) An itemization of all anticipated revenue from sources other than the tax levy.

(h) The amounts required for interest on the City’s debt, for sinking funds and for maturing serial bonds.

(i) The total amount of outstanding City debt with a schedule of maturities of bond issues.

(j) Any other information as may be required by the Council.

The Mayor shall cause of sufficient number of copies the estimate to be printed to provide copies to the newspapers of the City, the public library and each of its branches, and to citizens of the City who may request copies. I addition, a copy shall be made available electronically on a City website.

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