The Marquette City budget for 2015 was passed tonight, but with amendments.
The 50 million dollar budget needed to be in place by October first and this one had its challenge
Any city agency with a budget was required to cut it by 10-percent because several sources of revenue are uncertain.
The most controversial part of the budget was, what the mayor called, a considerable increase in zoning fees.
One resident suggested if the new fees stood, it would "drive business and improvement underground"
â??When a mother in-law apartment becomes too much to pay a fee on, people wonâ??t come into apply, when a fee for a fence becomes too much, people will just put up the fence and perhaps you wonâ??t catch it for a few yearsâ?? said Mike Beck
The city commission passed the budget, but the zoning fees will not be increased so steeply.
The commission will re-examine the budget to look at increasing zoning fees in incremental steps.