The Bovey City Council set the city’s levy payable in 2014 at its last regular meeting of 2013.
The levy was set at $334,642, a 3 percent increase from the levy payable 2013. All those present at the meeting voted in favor. Councilor Stacy Grosse was absent. The city also passed its general fund and revenue and expenditure budget for 2014.
Although councilors expressed some reserve about raising the levy, the resolution passed after discussion revealed the increase was needed to keep the city solvent.
“The 3 percent is necessary to make sure we don’t run in the red correct?,” asked Councilor Bob Stein
“It would provide the city with a $9,000 surplus – so it barely makes our expenses,” responded City Clerk Tara DeGuiseppi.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the minutes from the Dec. 4 regular council meeting.
• Approved the minutes from the Sept. 23 and Oct. 29 negotiations meetings
• Approved payment of bills and payroll.
• Accepted a $1,000 donation from the Greenway Lions Club for candy delivered by the fire department “Santa.”
• Accepted a $1,111 donation from AgStar to purchase equipment and supplies for the fire department.
• Approved re-allocation of bonding funds collected through the city’s utility bills for 2014 as follows: $1 to the 2001 bond; $23 to the 2004 bond and $11 to the 2009 A bond.
• Passed a resolution to adopt a lien for unpaid fees and utilities.
• Rescheduled the January 2014 council meetings to the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month due to the New Year’s holiday.
• Asked Councilor Bob Stein to review the Minnesota Building Code.
• Discussed fire department pay for those who also are employed by the city. No action was taken.
• Tabled approval of the amended Western Mesabi Mine Planning Board Joint Powers Agreement pending further information regarding changes that were made.