The purpose of White Paper Reports is to research and document the various options for providing services in the City of Manistee. These reports will not suggest a recommended course of action, but will instead provide City Council and the public a resource from which to draw as service level, staffing and budgeting decisions for these services are made in the future.
The topic of preparing White Papers for all City Departments was brought to the forefront during the 2010-2011 FY budgeting process. At the start of the budgeting process, a large general fund deficit was projected. In response to this deficit, several restructuring initiatives were proposed in the recommended budget.