At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Clarkfield City Council passed their preliminary budget and levy for 2013.
The 2013 preliminary budget and levy is due to be submitted to the Yellow Medicine County Auditor by Sept. 15. Once submitted the levy can be lowered from its estimated amount, yet not raised. A final 2013 budget and levy are due to the auditor Dec. 15.
The estimated levy amount for 2013 is currently $326,480 which represents a 2.4 percent increase from last year's final levy amount of $318,766. Of that amount, $205,005 will be entered into the city's general fund, while $70,384 will go towards the water and sewer fund.
The city's expected expenses, as estimated by Weske, should be roughly $701,310, while total revenues are estimated at $747,726. Local Government Aid (LGA) for the city should amount to $344,785 in 2013. That amount remains unchanged for 2013 from 2012.
Prior to approving the 2013 preliminary budget and levy, the council reviewed the working 2013 budget prepared by City Administrator Scott Weske against the 2011 budget and the current 2012 budget up to August.
The council made several increases to Weske's budget. Most significant in the increases was: increasing the budget for City Hall building repairs from $3,000 to $6,000 for replacement windows; increasing the Fire Department uniform allowance from $1,000 to $2,000; and increasing street repairs from $9,500 to $12,000.
Also, included in this year's budget is a $40,000 planned expense for replacing the Police Department's squad car.
Last year the council increased the city's levy by three percent at $9,981. This year's mild increase of 2.4 percent, or $7,714, represents static expenses and no cuts this year to the city's LGA.