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.
East Bethel City Council
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.
In its ongoing effort to find a way to keep the city’s tax levy from increasing at all in 2013, the East Bethel City Council may actually end up with a levy amount that is less than the current year’s.
The city of East Bethel will soon be replacing its 15-year-old, storm-damaged billboard at the intersection of Highway 65 and Viking Boulevard with a new electronic reader board.