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City’s levy rate same as last year

Mar 09, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The tax levy rate in Mt. Pleasant will remain the same as years past, holding steady at $12.18.

The council approved the city’s fiscal year 2019 budget during an adjourned session on Wednesday, March 7. Mayor Steve Brimhall said that he believes the city has a great budget going into next year and that “We’re going to get a ton of work done.”

“We’re in excellent shape as a city financially,” Brimhall said.

Salaries for city employees will increase 3 percent. The city budgeted for a 20 percent increase in health insurance costs, but it is only increasing 5.73 percent, providing for a little extra money in the budget. “We are very fortunate our health insurance costs did not skyrocket,” Brimhall said.

City Administrator Brent Schleisman said that the city is raising sewer rates by 30-cents, which they are obligated to do because they are borrowing money for plant improvements.

There is also a 10-cent increase charged to the city for use of the Des Moines County Landfill for recycling. “Other than that, it’s a typical budget for us,” Schleisman said.

Schleisman said he appreciates all the work department heads have done to keep their line items close to what they were last year.

Brimhall thanked Schleisman too for his hard work on the budget, saying that he is pretty good at budgeting expenses higher so the city is in “pretty good shape” at the end of each fiscal year.

In other news, the council set a date for a public hearing and bid letting for the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex parking lot paving project.

“Boy, this is good news,” Brimhall said. “We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”

Bid letting will be Tuesday, March 27. The public hearing is Wednesday, March 28, during the regular council meeting. The city still is waiting on state approval to begin the project, but Schleisman said they want to get the bids out there.

Brimhall said that because the window of construction is summer, they need to have bid letting as soon as possible so construction crews can do it this summer. “Hopefully we get approval ahead of bid letting,” he said.

The council again read the proposed amendment to the no parking ordinance on the east side of S. Marion from Washington St. to Clay St. This is the one block street on Marion which allows parking on both sides; however, the council has found that it blocks the vehicle and pedestrian route for access to the aquatic facility and Saunders Park. Parking on both sides could present a safety hazard and impede the flow of traffic.

Once the amendment is accepted and published, Brimhall said to Police Chief Ron Archer that he could maybe give people a day or two warning, but will soon have to start ticketing on that street.

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