At its Tuesday, Sept. 8, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council unanimously approved the city’s preliminary tax levy and budget for the coming year.
If the same totals are approved for the final levy and budget in December - based on a tax rate increase of zero percent - the city will operate with a levy of $2,492,831.
In December, the council can decrease that amount but cannot increase it.
The council also agreed to put a forfeited 1997 Lincoln Continental and a retired 2014 Ford squad car up for bid. Council member Gary Mitchell suggested donating the Lincoln to the city airport, which is in need of a vehicle and provides a “tremendous” benefit to the city, but Mayor Tom Lillehei and other council members noted that donating to a private entity without giving other city businesses a chance at it could be viewed as unfair.
“If we were to go down that process, when does that stop?” council member Michael Moroni said. “Would the next vehicle we get be a better vehicle for the airport? Would we swap them? They are a private entity - it would be like asking us to donate a vehicle to Ace Hardware. It is a private business, and I have a hard time going down that path.”
In other action, the council:
Accepted three lots donated to the city - all of them additions to Breezy Point Estates - by property owners Ed and Jenny Spiker.
Adopted a mandated eyewitness policy for the police department, implementing a policy in writing on eyewitness identification practices. All local and state agencies are required to adopt this policy by February.
Agreed to direct staff to submit paperwork to receive $187,432.25 of CARES Act funds through the state for COVID-19-related expenditures.
Approved the purchase of eight cellular main lift station monitoring systems for public works, totaling $6,880.
In August, the Breezy Point Police Department responded to 205 incidents, which is a decrease of eight from August 2019. Among the incidents were 37 traffic stops, six crashes and two thefts.
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