The Backus City Council adopted an operating budget for 2020 at its Monday, Sept. 9, meeting. That budget amount was set for $154,000, an increase of $3,000, or 1.9% coming from the levy.

Many items on the budget changed and contributed to the change. The budget actually saw decreases in disbursements in the administration costs, zoning and EDA expenses, public works, maintenance, airport and Head Start building expenses with the greatest expenses ($5,879) in the airport section of the budget.

Increases were in legal services, auditing services, miscellaneous expenses, insurance, clerk/treasurer, city hall, vehicles, streets and public safety expenses with the greatest increase ($7,550) in street expenses, an expense that was likely expected with 2018's large road project.

The city also listed various increases in receipts for the 2020 budget from $172,000 to $175,000, including in other, reimbursement, airport fuel sales, interest, state contributions and levy. Due to decreases in other receipts, including non-levy property taxes, sign and hangar rental and permits, the levy accounts for the $3,000 increase in receipts, being increased from $121,000 to $124,000.