Doug Barrett | Dec 6, 2017 AT 8:37 am
Without discussion the East Grand Forks council gave preliminary approval to a 2018 budget that includes a ten-percent levy increase next year.
Last week Mayor Steve Gander floated the idea of trying to keep the increase closer to eight-and-a-half percent. Gander says the higher rate would translate into a six or seven percent increase in local property taxes next year.
No one spoke out against the levy increase at a public hearing prior to the council vote. City Administrator David Murphy says based on projected needs the higher levy is the preferred option.
The budget totals just over eleven-million-125-thousand dollars – an increase of three-point-three percent.
The council approved the plan unanimously.