Pine Co. and Pine City Preparing 2010 Budgets
Pine City and Pine County are working on their 2010 budgets, both must set preliminary levies by September 15th. Taxes will not go up in Pine County this year, says county commissioner Steve Hallan. Hallan told the Pine County board, Tuesday, that he and the budget committee expect taxes to stay the same as this year.
Hallan says the budget committee is still looking at areas in the county where cuts are possible before the preliminary budget is set. The county board is expected to approve the preliminary budget at their next meeting September 15th.
The story is different in Pine City. The total levy increased by about $121,000, or 11.89-percent. City administrator Don Howard says the city will work to bring the preliminary levy down before the final levy is set.
Howard told Red Rock Radio last week that the city lost nearly a $250,000 in local government aid (LGA) due to cuts at the state level.
The city does have the option of holding a special levy to recoup some of the lost LGA money. Howard said the city can levy for up to $111,000.
The total levy for Pine City is 1,141,869.50 up from 1,020,551.00 in 2009.