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Nisswa: Council takes first look at 2018 budget

The Nisswa City Council met Wednesday, Aug. 30, to look over an initial draft of the 2018 budget. The council went through each department's budget and asked questions or sought clarification on various line items.

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The Nisswa City Council met Wednesday, Aug. 30, to look over an initial draft of the 2018 budget. The council went through each department's budget and asked questions or sought clarification on various line items.

Mayor Fred Heidmann was absent.

The preliminary budget totals $2,657,968, which is $114,683 more than this year's budget, or 4.51 percent higher.

Jenny Max, city administrator/clerk who just started her job with the city Aug. 21, reminded the council in a memo that the budget numbers are very preliminary. She wanted to gather initial input from council members regarding big-picture goals they want to see implemented in the final 2018 budget.

The council must set a preliminary tax levy by Sept. 30. That levy number can then be decreased, but not increased, before final adoption of the levy and budget in December.

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Max said in the memo that she and staff will continue to work on the budget and present revisions over the next few months for council members' continued review and feedback.

The council was to meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, to look at revised budget numbers. One area of revision will be for city staff salaries and wages. The city is in the midst of changing salaries and wages according to what is outlined in a compensation study the council adopted last year that strives to get all staff in compliance with current market rates.

The council agreed to consider years of service for staff in compensation as well, and was to look at adjusted salaries and wages Sept. 6.

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Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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