Jenkins: Council delays levy vote for council member absence

The sign just south of Jenkins is meant to remind people that Jenkins is its own community and the "Gateway to the Whitefish Chain." Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

The Jenkins City Council tabled the city's annual decision on the 2021 preliminary tax levy and budget, which reflects no change over the 2020 levy, until the city's second monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23, when council member Charles Hoffman can attend.

The levy report City Clerk Krista Okerman prepared for the council says that new construction in the city may increase the city's taxable market value. This could cause a decrease in the overall city tax rate, though there are variables that affect taxable rates of properties.

The proposed levy is $277,000. The 2021 operational budget shows general fund disbursements of $347,028.25 with receipts of $335,931.24.

At the Wed. Sept. 23 meeting the council approved a preliminary levy of $277,000, which signifies no change from last year.

In other business Monday, Sept. 14, Jenkins council:


  • Heard a presentation from Jon Schommer regarding the Small Cities Development Program. The council is interested in development money and will seek information to determine how best to get application information to residents and businesses.
  • Accepted a donation of $50 toward Veterans Park from Alison Edgerton.
  • Learned the city received a $5,000 grant from Sourcewell for technology and equipment for telework under the CARES Act funding.
  • Learned Okerman is working with properties with zoning violations to bring them into compliance.

Travis Grimler may be reached at 218-855-5853 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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