City of Burlington, WI
Racine County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Burlington 1-5-1988 by Ord. No. 1203(25) as §§ 3.01, 3.03, 3.04, 3.05, 3.06, 3.07 and 3.09 of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 9-1 Preparation of tax roll and tax receipts. [1]

A. 
Contents of tax roll; tax bills. The Clerk shall prepare the tax roll pursuant to § 70.65, Wis. Stats. The tax roll shall contain all those items specified by § 70.65(2), Wis. Stats., in a format prescribed by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue under § 70.09(3), Wis. Stats. The Clerk shall prepare property tax bills as provided in § 74.09, Wis. Stats.
B. 
Tax receipts. The Treasurer shall use and provide tax receipts as prescribed by § 74.19, Wis. Stats.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 9-2 Claims against City.

A. 
Claims to be certified. Prior to submission of any account, demand or claim to the Common Council for approval of payment, the City Clerk shall refer each account, demand or claim to the appropriate committee chairperson or department head for approval, who shall refer such to the Treasurer, who shall certify, by indicating his or her approval of each claim, that the following conditions have been complied with:[1]
(1) 
That funds are available therefor pursuant to the budget.
(2) 
That the item or service was duly authorized by the proper official or agency and has been received or rendered in accordance with the purchasing agreement.
(3) 
That the claim is accurate in amount and a proper charge against the treasury.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Treasurer report. The Treasurer shall report to the Common Council the allowance or disapproval of each account, demand or claim. Upon adoption of such report by the Common Council, the accounts, demands and claims contained therein shall be allowed or disapproved, as the case may be.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Payment of regular wages or salaries. Regular wages or salaries of City officers and employees shall be verified by the proper City official, department head, or committee chairperson and filed with the Clerk in time for payment on the regular payday.

§ 9-3 Fiscal year.

The calendar year shall be the fiscal year.

§ 9-4 Budget.

A. 
Department estimates. On or before October 1 of each year each officer, department and committee shall file with the Treasurer an itemized statement of disbursements made to carry out the powers and duties of such officer, department or committee during the preceding fiscal year and a detailed statement of the receipts and disbursements on account of any special fund under the supervision of such officer, department or committee during such year, and of the conditions and management of such fund, and detailed estimates of the same matters for the current fiscal year and for the ensuing fiscal year. Such statements shall be presented in the form prescribed by the Treasurer and shall be designated as "departmental estimates" and shall be as nearly uniform as possible for the main divisions of all departments.
B. 
Treasurer to prepare.[1]
(1) 
Budget information. On or before October 28 each year, the Treasurer shall prepare and submit to the Council a proposed budget presenting a financial plan for conducting the affairs of the City for the ensuing calendar year. The budget shall include the following information:
(a) 
The expense of conducting each department and activity of the City for the ensuing fiscal year and corresponding items for the current year and last preceding fiscal year with reasons for increase and decrease recommended as compared with appropriations for the current year.
(b) 
An itemization of all anticipated income of the City, from sources other than general property taxes and bonds, issued with a comparative statement of the amounts received by the City from the same or similar sources for the last preceding and current fiscal year.
(c) 
An estimate of the amount of money to be raised from general property taxes which, with income from other sources, will be necessary to meet the proposed expenditures.
(d) 
Such other information as may be required by the Council and by state law.
(2) 
Distribution. The City shall provide a reasonable number of copies of the budget thus prepared for distribution to citizens.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
C. 
Hearing. The Treasurer shall submit to the Council, at the time the annual budget is submitted, the draft of an appropriation resolution providing for the expenditures proposed for the ensuing fiscal year. Upon the submission of the proposed appropriation resolution to the Council, it shall be deemed to have been regularly introduced therein. As provided by § 65.90, Wis. Stats., and after publication of notice, the Council shall hold a public hearing on the budget and the proposed appropriation resolution. Following the public hearing, the proposed appropriation resolution may be changed or amended and shall take the same course in the Council as other resolutions.
[Amended 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 1740(20)]

§ 9-5 Transfer of appropriations.

[Amended 11-18-2003 by Ord. No. 1740(20)]
Upon written recommendation of the Treasurer, the Council may at any time by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership transfer any portion of an unencumbered balance of an appropriation to any other purpose or object. Notice of such transfer shall be given by publication within 10 days thereafter in the official City newspaper.

§ 9-6 City funds to be spent in accordance with appropriation.

No money shall be drawn from the treasury of the City, nor shall any obligation for the expenditure of money be incurred, except in pursuance of the annual appropriation in the adopted budget or when changed as authorized by § 9-5 of this chapter. At the close of each fiscal year any unencumbered balance of an appropriation shall revert to the general fund and shall be subject to reappropriation, but appropriations may be made by the Council, to be paid out of the income of the current year, in furtherance of improvements or other objects or works which will not be completed within such year, and any such appropriation shall continue in force until the purpose for which it was made shall have been accomplished or abandoned.

§ 9-7 Facsimile signatures.

[Amended 9-18-2007 by Ord. No. 1841(14)]
The Mayor, the City Administrator, the Clerk, and the Treasurer may affix their facsimile signatures in lieu of their personal signatures on all orders, checks, drafts and order checks and receipts of the City pursuant to § 66.0607(3), Wis. Stats.

§ 9-8 Clerk fees.

[Added 12-3-1996 by Ord. No. 1546(20)]
There shall be a fee charged to any person who requests a written verification regarding the status of special assessments, taxes, utility fees, or other related information concerning any real or personal property located within the City of Burlington.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Fee Schedule on file at the City Clerk's office.