City levy to increase 6.1 percent

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 12/15/99.

The city of Paynesville has a budget of about $1.28 million for next year. At the Truth in Taxation hearing Wednesday evening, they revealed their net levy will be about $442,701, an increase of 6.1 percent from the previous year.

Many of the city accounts saw increases to accommodate the 2000 street improvement project. The streets and alleys account went from $126,383 to $163,842 and municipal parks increased from $34,753 to $58,446.

Ron Mergen, public works director, informed the council that the sewer rates will remain the same for 2000, but that the water rates will see an increase. This will increase the water fund budget to $296,579 for 2000 compared to $272,694 this year.

Homeowners, based on 17,000 gallons of water, will see an increase of $1.65 per quarter or 55 cents a month on their water bills next year.

Typical industrial users will see their bills increase about $18 per month. AMPI, the cities largest water user, will have an increase of about $660 per month.

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