Sep 18, 2012 at 10:31 am
The Grand Forks City Council gave final approval last night to a 2013 budget that boosts local property taxes by one mill. The 130-million dollar spending plan is slightly less than two-percent higher than the current city budget. The added mill goes towards planning of a new southeast fire station. Taxes will also climb slightly due to increases in property values. Councilman Dana Sande says the council is aware of escalating taxes but the 2013 budget is pretty lean. In making the motion to approve the budget Council President Hal Gershman added a condition concerning the flap over a 25-thousand dollar raise given to the mayor’s government affairs officer. He asked that the city's finance committee review the pay process. The budget also boosts utility rates by nearly four-percent -- or another two-dollars-38 cents for the average user.