EGF 2018 Taxes
Doug Barrett | Sep 13, 2017 AT 7:51 am
East Grand Forks continues to fine-tune a proposed 2018 operating budget. The spending plan calls for a ten-percent levy increase next year – although actual property taxes wouldn’t climb that high. The city council has been looking for savings in order to put more money into the budget reserve. Staff members identified around 126-thousand in cuts through delayed capital purchases. Finance Director Karla Anderson says looking elsewhere for the money will likely result in “staff cuts.”
Council member Marc DeMers says capital cuts are less than ideal. DeMers says capital cuts don’t get you anywhere and “they keep piling up.”
DeMers says a look at long-term structural changes could impact personnel and services. Mayor Steve Gander says it’s a good conversation to have.
City Administrator David Murphy says a comprehensive study on cost of services could take six to nine months to complete.
Compounding the city’s budget talks is the loss of 90-thousand dollars in local government aid. Final budget approval is not expected until early December.