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Akeley levy will go up 19 percent from 2011

The Akeley Council has approved a 19 percent increase in the property tax levy, up approximately $39,000 from the 2011 levy of $202, 343.

The breakdown of the $241,448 levy by fund includes $46,325 in the general fund, $750 for the cemetery, $18,500 for fire protection, $4,700 for the fire department's pumper truck, $103,950 for streets, $47,723 for police, $8,000 for special projects and $11,500 for capital improvements.

The council heard from members of the community who were concerned with rising taxes.

Mayor Jennifer Mitchell suggested the parties contact the county, noting formulas are set at the state level.

"We're not doing anything excessive in Akeley," she said. "If we were, every street would be paved. We took upgrades off the table."

In other action, the council:

n Learned the four-decades-old, decrepit Christmas lights did not go up this year. Maintenance supervisor Frank Thelin suggested meeting with civic groups to raise funds to purchase new or refurbished lights.

n Approved a tax roll letter to the county for delinquent water sewer accounts totaling $4,604. This includes six parcels.

n Also approved a tax roll letter for lawn mowing services provided by the city at three sites totaling $1,400.

n Learned liquor store earnings were negative $7,330 in November, a positive $21,275 year to date.

n Heard a reminder from police officer Jimmy Hansen to lock cars at night and take out valuables, specifically laptops and cell phones. "Be diligent," he advised.

n Tabled a decision on the hay land contract. Brian Hitchcock is checking on the tax status of the land.