Esky council begins budget process

ESCANABA — With the new year here, Escanaba will begin preparing the 2018-2019 budget including scheduling upcoming public hearings on the city’s finances when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday for a regular council meeting at city hall.

Public hearings on the new fiscal year budget are being planned for Jan. 18, Feb. 15, and March 15 at city hall.

In other business Thursday, council will be presented an overview of the city’s audit on the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.

Council will also consider a request from the electric department to allow for additional soil and water sampling at the former power plant property.