Fort Madison residents can weigh in on the city’s spending plan next week.
A public hearing and the initial city council vote on the $25-million spending plan are scheduled for Tuesday, February 21.
City Manager Byron Smith says the budget could be considered status quo.
“I would not say bare-bone, but it is kind of basic for what we are doing,” says Smith. “We did not propose any major staffing increases or decreases.”
Smith says money is available for employee raises and to expand nuisance enforcement.
Fort Madison is moving ahead with a proposed rental inspection program. City Manager Byron Smith says the idea is to make sure apartments, duplexes and rental homes are safe.
He says inspectors could look for smoke detectors, malfunctioning doors and windows and overloaded electrical outlets, among other items.
Smith says the program would also address a key need for cities like Fort Madison.