Tying up loose ends for the end of year, the Clarkfield City council approved the 2016 tax levy and budget. The council met on December 15 for their last meeting of the year.
During this meeting, the city hosted their Truth in Taxation Hearing where information about the proposed levy and budget were discussed while giving residents the opportunity to voice their concerns. However, no concerns were raised by the public directly in regards to the levy or budget.

Tying up loose ends for the end of year, the Clarkfield City council approved the 2016 tax levy and budget. The council met on December 15 for their last meeting of the year.
During this meeting, the city hosted their Truth in Taxation Hearing where information about the proposed levy and budget were discussed while giving residents the opportunity to voice their concerns. However, no concerns were raised by the public directly in regards to the levy or budget.

At the hearing, City Administrator Becca Schrupp presented the financial information. A tax levy increase of 2% was proposed, which is less than an initial proposal of 5%. This means that a total sum of $372,342.58 will be levied by property taxes for 2016. $66,726.00 of this sum is designated for a debt service for a water and sewer revenue bond while $305,615.58 of the levy is for the general fund.

The overall proposed budget for the city in 2016 was $1,051,758.58 worth of revenue with $1,031,371.48 worth of expenses. Both the levy and the budget were approved by the council and will be in effect for 2016.

In conjunction with monetary items, the Council also reviewed information from Springsted’s wage study. Springsted was hired to perform a wage study early in 2015 to research appropriate and fair wages for city employee’s. The council reviewed Springsted’s findings during a special meeting on Monday, December 14. During the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the council approved the wages offered in the study.

In other news
• Newly elected Mayor Jeff Lobdell was sworn into office during the special Monday meeting. Lobdell won the special election , which as held on December 9, with 86 votes out of 88, with two votes going towards two write-in candidates: Chad Fischer and Patty McClausland

•  The Clarkfield Fire Department presented their 2016 budget to the council on Tuesday. The budget consists of $73,412.26 for revenue with $23,140.38 of expected expenses, leaving a final total of 550,271.88.

• On  January 5, the city will be hosting a public hearing in regards to the possible rezoning of a lot owned by Paul Anspach. The city is looking at rezoning the lot from residental to commercial. Notices were sent out to those who own property within 350 feet of the meeting.

• Per request of MnDOT, the council approved a resolution stating that the City is responsible for the installation and maintenance of crosswalk markings along Hwy. 67.