Scandia sets initial levy figure

Council approves 5.8 percent increase in preliminary tax amount


Mary Bailey
Community Editor

At its Sept. 11 work session the Scandia council certified the maximum tax levy for 2013 at $2,175,171.

This total includes $1,740,872 for the general fund, $343,003 for debt service, and $91,296 for the capital improvement fund.

The vote was unanimous.

The 2013 levy amount represents a 5.84 percent increase over 2012.

Capital improvement projects included in the 2013 budget include $5,500 for the city office space study that previous budgets had priced at $18,000.

Civil defense sirens are expected to cost $200,000, but because of available grants, the city would need to spend $50,000.

Replacing a fire engine is budgeted at $300,000.

For Lilleskogen Park improvements, the city hopes to use $5,000 from the park fund and get donations for the remainder of the $103,000 cost.

As in past years, the street maintenance budget will be $300,000.

A lift for the public works garage is budgeted at $15,000, and a one-ton truck at $50,000.

Budgets for the two sewer funds, one to cover the system that serves 100 homes on Big Marine Lake and one for downtown businesses, will be completed when more information is available.

The maximum tax levy had to be certified to Washington County by Sept. 15.  The actual levy, when the 2013 budget is finalized at the end of 2012, may be smaller but cannot be larger.

The council will address the budget at its meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The public meeting to discuss the 2013 budget will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.