FY 2021 Fair Budget

Thank you to all of the community members who provided input about the FY 2021 budget at our Virtual Community Budget Meetings and online surveys. 

Your contributions helped Hazelwood City Council make the difficult decisions about the FY 2021 budget. Stay up to date about Hazelwood's budget by signing up for email updates.

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Due to decreased revenue and increased costs for FY 2021, the following changes to city services will be made effective July 1, 2020:

  • Civic Center East will be closed indefinitely and as many classes and services as possible will be relocated to Hazelwood Community Center
  • Leaf Collection in the fall and limb collection in the spring will be eliminated
  • Turf maintenance will be reduced at City parks, City Hall and Police Station, community centers, fire stations and other City facilities
  • Reduced maintenance of streets and parks and slower responses to maintenance needs
  • There will be no City employee raises or Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)
  • Non-revenue generating community programs will be eliminated, including: Adult & Children’s Easter Egg Hunts, Art Fair, Summer day camp, Dances, Fireworks, Halloween Happenings, Hazelnuts funding, Safety Town, Santa visit, Senior programs, Skate/BMX competition, Stocking Truman Pond with fish, Swim leagues

These changes were approved by the Hazelwood City Council on June 3 and were informed by community input and priorities.

Watch recordings of the May 18 and May 27 Virtual Community Budget Meetings here.

HOW ARE HAZELWOOD CITY SERVICES FUNDED?

Hazelwood gets 40% of its revenue from various sales tax, 16% from property taxes, 16% from licenses and permitting, 10% from utility tax and 18% from all other sources, including revenue from parks and recreation programs. Except for a spike in the general fund after voters approved various sales tax increases, Hazelwood has seen a downward trend in the general fund starting in 2008.

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HOW DOES HAZELWOOD SPEND ITS MONEY?

The graph below shows a breakdown of Hazelwood’s services and expenses in the current 2021 budget.

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TRYING TO FIX THE SITUATION

Hazelwood took action to cut costs even before COVID-19 hit, in anticipation of some of these budget deficits earlier in the year. Hazelwood saved $1.3 million this year by:

  • Decreasing personnel costs, including a 15% decrease in administrative costs;
  • Taking out planned 2021 cost of living increases for Hazelwood employees;
  • Eliminating 11 positions that were unfilled; and
  • Suspending capital projects in 2020 and 2021.