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Nisswa: Budget discussions continue

Three Nisswa City Council members met Monday, Nov. 6, to continue discussion on the 2018 budget with City Administrator Jenny Max.

Council members Don Jacobson and Gary Johnson were absent.

Discussion centered around planning for future capital needs, including vehicles, buildings and maintenance, and parks. The council has also targeted development of a long-range road project plan. Council members were to talk about that Wednesday, Nov. 8, with a representative from PFM Financial, which helps the city with long-range financial planning for sewer and road projects.

That discussion, as well as results of ongoing union negotiations for wages, will factor into the 2018 budget. Max indicated the city does have the ability to use reserve funds, if the council so chooses.

Earlier this fall, the council approved a preliminary 2018 tax levy of $2,204,635, which is 7.4 percent ($152,283) higher than this year's tax levy. The council had indicated a goal to hold the levy increase to between 2 percent and 4 percent before final adoption in December. After talking about past budgets and levies, as well as future needs, council member John Ryan said they may need to reconsider those thoughts.