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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Staring down 2012-13 budget, city officials need to prioritize

  • If everything on planned investment list is included, even with a 3% levy increase revenue doesn't cover operational cost, Chladek says.
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  • When discussing expenses and revenue for 2012-13, city officials and Crookston City Council members have mentioned a possible 3 percent property tax levy increase to help maintain a positive budget situation. City Administrator Tony Chladek, however, in a memo to city council members in advance of an Administrative Committee meeting Monday night, indicates that a 3 percent increase doesn't cover the city's projected operational costs for the coming year.
    Chladek suggests that it's time for the council to do some, if any necessary re-prioritizing on capital improvement projects and other budget expenditures. Current "must do" strategic priorities targeted for 2013 include Downtown Square improvements, Wayne Hotel site improvements, new housing construction and current housing purchase incentives, the memo reads.
    City hall and the police department are overdue for a new phone system as well, and the CPD building needs a new roof.
    Chladek and City Clerk/Treasurer Angie Menge have put together some budget documents and options for committee members to ponder Monday night. He recommends that the first action be the approval of a 3 percent levy increase for 2012-13.
    Other meetings
    Prior to the council meeting, the Ways & Means Committee will meet to discuss a sale price of the parcel of land next to Crookston Sports Center on which Brent and Jasmine Melsa want to build Drafts Sports Bar & Grill later this year.
    Last month, the CHEDA Board of Directors recommended a price of $15,000 per acre.
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