St. Francis adopts final 2013 levy

The St. Francis City Council Monday unanimously adopted a final 2013 levy of $2,988,086, which reflects a 4 percent increase over the 2012 levy. This is a decrease from the originally proposed levy amount, which had called for a 7 percent increase over 2012.

The council had voted unanimously at its Nov. 19 meeting to try to bring the levy increase down after City Administrator Matt Hylen pointed out that neighboring cities were approving 2013 levies ranging from actual decreases to increases of up to 3 percent.

The 4 percent levy increase comes after the city has gone two consecutive years with a zero tax levy increase, despite costs that continue to rise.

The council also approved the city’s final 2013 budget of $8,709,109, which is an increase of 2.4 percent over the 2012 budget. Tax dollars will fund about 35 percent of the budget, while 40 percent of revenues will come from water and sewer fees and municipal liquor store sales. Other sources of city revenue are charges for services, licenses and permits and intergovernmental revenues.

The complete city budget is available for review on the city’s website under the Finance Department.