It’s Budget Season for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

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Budget season for the City of Muscatine is now among us!

Last night, the City Council met for the General Fund Overview as Saturday begins a series of budget presentations for this budget season.

The City of Muscatine must adopt an annual budget by March 15 of each year. The process began back in November, when departments received budget materials and instructions on the process. Now that each department’s budget proposals have been compiled, it is time for the City Council to hear the presentations before making their decisions on how to most effectively spend revenues.

Creating a budget for a full service city that meets our community’s needs but is responsible at the same time is no small feat. There are issues and challenges that come along with the budget process.

The City wants to make sure you have all of the information available to participate and stay engaged in the process. There are numerous opportunities to attend presentations before the Public Hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 3, but will be officially set by City Council after department/agency presentations are made. The Public Hearing is your opportunity as a citizen to comment and share your opinion.

Take a look at the Budget Schedule and see if you would like to attend some of the presentations. The Budget Message and the PowerPoint Presentation that was given during the Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Budget Overview also contain great information about the budget.

The City of Muscatine values constructive input and appreciates hearing your ideas. You can comment here on our blog, visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, or email us to stay connected.

Thank you for reading and we hope you stay engaged in the budget process!

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National Chinese Orchestra to Perform in Muscatine on Feb. 24

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Central Middle School Auditorium

901 Cedar Street

Muscatine, IA 52761

Muscatine has an exciting opportunity to welcome the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra (CBCO) to our city to perform a FREE concert!  CBCO is a world-renowned performing arts troupe that has performed in more than 70 countries and regions to promote Chinese culture and art. This is a very special opportunity we have as a community! Be sure to take advantage of this high-level free performance.

More information about CBCO will be gradually dispersed on our social media outlets, so be sure to follow the City of Muscatine on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Stay Connected with the City of Muscatine!

NewsletterThe City of Muscatine wants to make it even easier for you to find information about what is happening within the departments of the City! We hope that by providing you with information in a variety of different ways, you will be able to stay informed. We highly value your input and participation as we work together for the betterment of our community!

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Community Voice 

In the interest of gathering input from community members about what goes on within the City, we are trying out a new website feature. It’s called Community Voice. On this section of the website, there is a forum that contains a place for you to submit ideas and then others can add feedback to start a discussion. Join us on Community Voice surrounding the topic of Downtown Muscatine. Let’s see what kind of ideas we can bring together!

 

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Fire Department Celebrated 100 Years as a Paid Department

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On Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, the Muscatine Fire Department celebrated 100 years as a paid department. An open house was held to commemorate this crucial piece of their history. The open house included tours with Freddie the Fire Truck and a reception with food and drinks.

Retired Captain Mike Van Wey gave a history presentation that was both entertaining and educational. It was a wonderful opportunity for those in attendance to hear stories about the department throughout the years.

Here’s a little bit of information about the Fire Department when it became a paid department: 

Prior to 1916, volunteer fire companies fought fires in Muscatine. By January 3, 1916, the new Muscatine Fire Department consisted of 13 eager men.

The following were the original 13 firefighters:

J.J. Brown, Chief
Fred Bilkey, Assistant Chief
J.P. Maurath, Mechanic
Louis Faulhaber
James Wise
John Leysen
Harry Freeman
Lee Schenkel
Charles Vetter
Herman Raethz
Ed Priester
Charles Lemkau
Charles Opelt

The new professional crew of firefighters in 1916 had significant firefighting experience as all had some affiliation with one of the volunteer firefighting companies in the area.

Today, the department is equipped with 37 men and women. A lot has changed over the years as technology has advanced, but it remains the same that the Muscatine Fire Department is dedicated to protecting and serving the Muscatine community.