“We rely so heavily on sales tax monies to fund our city and that’s a volatile way to fund,” Blaisdell said. “We’re not going to balance any of this by relying on sales tax monies.”
Many department heads, including Director of Library Services Dale Fleeger and Director of Animal Services Dustin Deel, said many of their users come from outside the city, in some cases as many as 65 percent to 70 percent of their customers. Council member Heidi Wilder said asking the county to pay its fair share would aid in the cause as well.
“We need to get the county to step and help us with this,” Wilder said.
Fleeger said the library is ninth out of 11 area cities concerning its budgeted amount but is second per capita in its circulation and fourth in the number of hours it is open.
Jenicek said the Office of Management and Budget will spend $25,000 from its budget to fund a citizens’ survey to measure customer service, which council members and staff say is a top goal.
“We want to see how the public perceives our performance,” Janicek said.
The office is also working on ways to improve efficiency with a new finance program that can save two to three weeks of time a year by producing reports electronically, rather than manually inputting the data.
Director of Information Technology Troy Garvin said his department is asking for another vehicle, as five people are presently using two vehicles.
“In many instances, employees are using their own personal vehicles to do city business and that’s not fair,” Garvin said.