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Armstrong OKs $1.3m budget

By Staff | Mar 4, 2008

ARMSTRONG — The Armstrong City Council Monday night held a public hearing and approved a 2008-09 budget estimate of $1,340,434.

The budget calls for $175,503 in taxes levied on property, or a mil levy of 10.70154 on regular property and 2.92056 on ag land.

Among the other revenue sources are:

n Tax Increment Financing revenues — $130,000.

n Other city taxes — $185,494.

n Charges for fees and services — $303,000.

n Other financing sources — $220,187.

Among the city expenses are:

n Public safety — $80,360.

n Public works — $232,500.

n Culture and recreation –$126,400.

n Community and economic development — $151,316.

n Debt service — $93,871.

City Clerk Connie Thackery said the current year budget will need to be amended for expenses for the city pool and storm sewer improvements.

In other business, Police Chief Craig Merrill said he was working on street signage by the school. He suggested that students could be dropped off on Sixth Street on the southwest side of the school.

Councilman Jon Larsen suggested a one-way street on the south side of the school.

The council held a teleconference with Tom Simmering of Simmering & Cory regarding advice on the city’s providing financial assistance for the assisted living addition to Valley Vue Care Center.

After extensive discussion, the council leaned toward rebating a portion of the increased taxes on the addition.

“I don’t think there’s any choice but to rebate,” Larsen said.

In other business, the council approved the city employees’ suggestion for additional holidays: the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and a floating holiday.

In other business:

n The council discussed hiring a pool manager and pool rates.

n Approved a bid of $15,100-$15,200 for warning sirens.

n The council took note that two new board members are needed on the Community Center Board. The board also accepted the resignation of Margo Trosin as manager since she is moving from the area.

n The council noted that repairs on the city payloader will cost about $5,000. The city will advertise the former police car and four-wheel-drive for public sale and the city will look for a used pickup.

n The council approved paying half of the total estimated cost to Quality Tree Service/Trace Iverson for tree removal.

n A pay estimate of $35,568 was approved to Grundman-Hicks for work on the pool.