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New city budget includes increase to property taxes

Kenmare property owners will pay a little more to the city next year, according to the 2014 preliminary budget.

9/11/13 (Wed)

By Terry Froseth

Kenmare property owners will pay a little more to the city next year, according to the 2014 preliminary budget.

The City Council reviewed its preliminary budget Monday, showing total appropriations of $1,688,618 for 2014, up from $1,443,239 in 2013.

While that total includes the $197,003 projected from taxes levied on property owners, the greatest share results from all other revenues coming in to the city, including loans, grants, state funds, city sales tax, water sales, license sales, and landfill, garbage, water, and sewer fees.

A four year comparison was included in the budget review presented by city accountant Jan Kostad. It showed the city’s levy will amount to $387.90 in 2014 on a $100,000 home. This compares to $347.54 in 2013, $384.66 in 2012, and $385.11 in 2011.

Because the city will be increasing its tax collection, recent state legislation requires a public hearing be held prior to the budget’s approval.

The public hearing for the budget will be held Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 pm at city hall....Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!