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Akeley council sets 2023 preliminary levy

The preliminary levy is a slight increase over 2022.

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The Akeley City Council approved the preliminary payable 2023 levy of $224,767 at their Sept. 14 meeting.

“It can always go down from here, but it can’t go up,” Mayor Brian Hitchcock said, noting the final levy will be approved in December.

The proposed levy is a 7.179% increase from Akeley’s payable 2022 levy of $209,838.

In other action, the council:

  • Heard that the public hearing that was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. regarding vacation of an alley and street for a proposed sale of city land was canceled because the buyer rescinded the purchase agreement. The council accepted the cancellation at the buyer’s request. 
  • Approved depositing $5 in an inactive city projects account so it stays on the city roster and the account doesn’t go dormant, and making additional deposits as required to keep it active.
  • Approved the city applying for a $10,000 grant due Sept. 30, toward a mobile generator with an estimated cost of $40,000, to be used during city power outages.
  • Approved the “Avoiding Racial Profiling” policy, as presented by police chief Jimmy Hansen. 
  • Approved the city’s joint powers agreement with the Eastern Hubbard County Fire District, as amended.
  • Heard that the next meeting of the Akeley Community Parks committee was scheduled for Sept. 26.
  • Heard a question from Marv Vredenburg about the erosion issue at the city park road during the public forum. Kristi Kath said some preliminary ideas are being looked at, such as raising the grade of the road. “Someone was here to look at it, so we’re moving forward,” Hitchcock said.
  • Heard Neil Elavsky say during the public forum that Akeley municipal liquor store revenue should be three times what it is and that there needs to be better security at the facility. He also requested that the city hire a new liquor store manager. 

The next regular council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at city hall.


This year’s Art Leap offers 24 locations in Hubbard and Becker counties, highlighting more than 90 local and regional artists.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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