During the public comment period of the March 19 East Bethel City Council meeting, resident Greg Bayard asked for clarification on the previous year’s significant city- and school-tax increases. He said they were evident from his increased house payment and wanted to know if the increase had been a “one-time deal” or would happen again.
The East Bethel City Council on Feb. 5 approved issuing bonds to refund the city’s 2010 general obligation utility bonds for a future savings of $1.5 million, which is about $220,000 more than expected, said Stacie Kvilvang of Ehlers & Associates.
The East Bethel City Council Dec. 4 voted 4-1 to approve the final 2014 budget and then voted unanimously to approve the 2014 tax levy. At a total of $5,126,950, the levy will be 15.1 percent higher than the 2013 levy because the city must start making payments on its bonds for the water and sewer project next year.
The East Bethel City Council Oct. 2 voted 4-1 to give city employees a 2 percent wage increase for each year of a three-year labor agreement running from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2016.
The East Bethel City Council April 3 voted unanimously to declare a historic schoolhouse that was moved to Booster East Park in 2010 as surplus property and put it up for sale.
The East Bethel City Council voted 4-1 March 6 against changing the city’s current practice of transcribing council meeting minutes verbatim and instead creating summary minute reports.
The city of East Bethel’s new website is up and running, having finally gone online Feb. 14.