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Nevis raises levy incremental amount over 2014; fire levy down slightly


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.