Afton approves 2012 preliminary budgetAfton City Council took its first step toward approving slight increases to its 2012 budget and levy.
By: Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin
Afton City Council took its first step toward approving slight increases to its 2012 budget and levy.
City Council approved the 2012 preliminary budget and levy during its Aug. 16 meeting.
The council approved the preliminary budget at $1,743,670 — an increase of $665,047 or 3 percent, from 2011. City Council approved the 2012 preliminary tax levy at $1,607,661, which is an increase of $46,825, or 2.9 percent.
The city’s Truth in Taxation Hearing is set for Dec. 20 during the City Council meeting.
“I feel we’ve come up with a sound budget,” Mayor Pat Snyder said.
Some of the significant budget adjustments include:
• Adding $31,516 to the special reserve fund, which previously included $0
• Increasing the road debt levy fund from $267,000 to $282,000
• Decreasing the audit and legal reserve fund from $150,000 to $20,000
• Eliminating the codification fund, which totaled $6,000
•Increasing the street improvement fund from $114,649 to $165,000
• Eliminating the Assistant Administrator position, which totaled $45,000 saved
• Adding the Office Assistant/Intern position, which totals $16,000
• Decreasing Planning Fees from $10,000 to $5,000
• Decreasing the General Liability Insurance from $48,000 to $38,000
• Eliminating the Election Expenses fund, which totaled $4,250
• Increasing the Snow and Ice Removal fund from $90,000 to $105,000
• Increasing the Park Maintenance fund from $2,500 to $3,700