Ham Lake City Council approves 2013 budget, levy

The Ham Lake City Council has approved the city’s 2013 final budget and property tax levy.

Approval came on a unanimous vote at the council’s Dec. 17 meeting following a public hearing Dec. 3 at which no one spoke.

In September, the council unanimously approved the preliminary 2013 budget and levy.

Preliminary general fund expenditures were projected to increase $138,025 from the $4,848,054 budgeted in 2012 to $4,986,079 in 2013.

The final budget calls for the city’s general fund expenditures to be $5,019,099.

This increase of $33,500 from the preliminary general fund budget to the final budget is offset by a similar increase general fund revenue.

These changes do not affect the amount the city will levy in 2013, according to Sharon Kutzke, finance director. The general fund levy for 2013 is $60,000 less than the general fund levy payable in 2012.

Some of the more significant changes in the city’s general fund budget between September and now include the addition of a part-time building inspector at 28 hours a week for 10 months of the year.

According to Kutzke, the total cost for this addition is $33,330. To offset the additional expenses, building permit revenue has been increased by the same amount in 2013.

The fire department budget has also been increased by $3,000 to include the use of two wells at $800 each, $500 in additional inspection and certification expenses and $900 in additional computer and software support.

For a home with a taxable market value of $131,383 in 2013, the total city tax is $392, $34 less than 2012 when that same home had a taxable market value of $159,723.

For a home with a taxable market value of $222,507 in 2013, decreasing in value from $234,061 in 2012, the city’s portion of the property tax bill is $663, a $37 increase from 2012.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com