[Audio] Pine City Adopts Budget and Levy, 4-1 Vote

Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at 6:20 am

The Pine City Council officially adopted the 2009 levy and budget, Wednesday, at a special city council meeting at city hall. The city’s tax levy increased 6.11-percent. City administrator Don Howard says the city came within $1,000 of the maximum allowable levy. The total levy is $1,020,551.
The budget is down from a year ago, but taxes are up. Howards says this is because the city is bringing in fewer revenues, and more responsibility now falls on the tax payer.

Hear Howard’s Comments:

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Both the levy and budget received approval with a 4-1 vote. Councilman Mark Nisley, who will be replaced on the council next month by Paul Janssen, cautioned the council on approving a budget while they consider a potential purchase of the old Pine County courthouse.

Nisley’s Comments:

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Howard says there is $100,000 in emergency capitol funds, which could potentially be used to purchase the courthouse. Pine County made an offer to the city to sell the facility for $50,000 earlier this month. The city must make a decision by January 31st.

Levy Breakdown:

General Fund $701,190.00

Capitol Improvement $100,000.00

EDA $41,288.00

Debt Service Fund $178,073.00

Total Levy $1,020,551.00

Budget Breakdown:

General $1,917,302.00

Debt Service $178,073.00

Cemetery $23,529.00

Water $967,999.00

Sewer $443,305.00

Total $3,530,208.00

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