Hiram’s new City Manager, Robbie Rokovitz, has proposed a $5.3 million budget for 2013 to the city council and Mayor Doris Devey.
“We’re going to go over it in detail, look at revenues and expenditures and make sure we have a good budget in place,” Rokovitz said.
Hiram’s fiscal year began July 1, but the city has been operating on an amended fiscal 2012 budget since then. The council is expected to approve the budget on Oct. 18.
“The mayor and council are working very hard behind the scenes,” the city manager said of the budget process. “They’re very involved in it.”
The proposed budget is available for public review at Hiram City Hall.
Rokovitz, who was hired as city manager in September, also submitted the 2012 Tax Digest and Five Year History of Levy Information to the mayor and city council for review and consideration.
“You use this and work with the tax commissioner to determine what your millage rate should be set at,” Rokovitz said.
While the city of Hiram does not have a millage rate, Rokovitz said this information was still relevant and important to the city.
“Regardless of whether we have a millage rate or not, we need to know where we stand,” he said.
Rokovitz said the tax digest for the city has shrunk.
“If we were to impose a millage rate, we would get about a half a million in revenue to the city,” Rokovitz said. “I think it’s important for you to know where this information came from and how it’s derived.”
Most of the city’s revenues come from sales taxes.