City levy increases 9.4 percent
The Osakis City Council approved a property tax levy increase of 9.4 percent for 2018.
Before taking the unanimous action at its Dec. 12 meeting, the council held a Truth in Taxation hearing but no one from the public spoke.
The levy was set at $716,000 — a $62,000 increase from this year's levy of $654,000.
The city's total budget for next year is $3,219,621 — an increase of less than 1 percent from 2017's actual budget of $3,192,375.
Next year's general fund calls for expenditures of $1,254,490 and revenues of $1,260,711, leaving the city with a surplus of $6,221.
Expenditures in next year's general fund and how those amounts compare to this year include:
Police — $387,216, an increase of 7 percent.
Streets — $353,019, a decrease of 0.6 percent.
City clerk (includes City Hall budget) — $155,300, an increase of 22.9 percent.
Miscellaneous items (mostly insurance and firefighter benefits) — $121,700, an increase of 9.2 percent.
Fire department — $40,055, a decrease of 8 percent.
Community Center — $31,530, a decrease of 2.8 percent.
General fund — $26,100, a decrease of 0.2 percent.
Lodging tax advertising — $22,000, a decease of 13.7 percent.
City attorney — $20,000, an increase of 11 percent.
First responders — $19,550, more than double last year's budget of $8,250. This happened because members will now receive a stipend once they are members for a year, participate with calls, attend meetings, complete run sheets and fulfill other obligations. All members that go on a call with a rig or show up at the scene before the arriving ambulance will split $100 per call.
Mayor/council — $17,100, a decrease of 3.4 percent.
Parks — $13,650, an increase of 29.9 percent. This will help pay for extended summer help.
Public beach — $13,050, an increase of 30.5 percent. Equipment is being added.
Cemetery — $8,200, a decrease of 10.9 percent.
Building inspections — $8,200, a decrease of 36.9 percent. This amount fluctuates depending on how many inspections are made.
Visitor Center — $7,050, nearly four times last year's budget of $1,800. This is for ongoing staffing at the center.
Elections — $5,570, up significantly from 2017's non-election year total of $900.
Civil defense — $3,600, a decrease of 2.7 percent.
Trail — $1,600, no change.
Two revenue sources account for more than 80 percent of the projected revenues:
County taxes — $573,000, an increase of 9.5 percent from this year.
Local government aid from the state — $458,501, a 2.9 percent increase.
Liquor store budget
Through November of this year, income from the city-owned liquor store was $4,510 short of its off-sale budget and $4,521 short of its on-sale budget.
The city also transferred $25,250 from both the on and off-sale proceeds into the general fund and spent $5,077 on a capital outlay for the off-sale business, leaving the off-sale business with a shortfall of $34,837 and the on-sale business with a shortfall of $29,771.