Nevis raises levy incremental amount over 2014; fire levy down slightly
BY JEAN RUZICKA
The Nevis Council approved a 2014 property tax levy of $210,191, less than a 1 percent increase from this year’s amount.
There was no discussion at the meeting, but council members had scrutinized the budget in a work session, the amounts similar to past years.
By fund, the amounts include $198,850 in the general fund, $81,528 for general government, $53,690 for streets, $43,747 for police and $19,885 for parks.
The fire levy totals $11,341, down slightly from this year’s amount.
The council approved increasing Nevis firefighters’ annual benefits from $1,100 per year to $1,300, the $25,000 amount to be realized from the Fire Relief Association surplus of $60,217.
City administrator Carol Fridgen reminded the council the city is liable if a shortage occurs, which has happened in the past. “The city would have to levy,” she cautioned.
Fire chief Kerry Swenson said the goal is to maintain a Relief Association fund balance of $35,000.
In other action, the council:
n Approved a proposed general fund budget for disbursements totaling $330,936 in 2014.
n Approved adding Ben Roehl to the fire department roster.
n The council also okayed the department using up to $1,500 in gaming funds for a landscaping project at the fire hall.
n Set hydrant flushing dates of Oct. 8, 9 and 10.
n Approved the purchase of a two-year-old plow truck from the Department of Transportation at a cost of $15,000.
The estimated cost to repair the city’s current truck is $9,000. The truck will go up for auction.
n Reported a “great August” at the municipal liquor, which reported a net income of $13,830.
n Reported Minnesota Power will replace the light at Lakeside Cemetery at no cost to the city.
n Learned the vandalism damage at the park has been repaired.