The Albertville City Council approved a 2 percent levy increase, and approved the final budget.
Staff requested the council approve the 2013 tax levy and final budget.
Finance director Tina Lannes said in her memo to the council that in September the council adopted a preliminary budget of $3,096,365 and certified a preliminary levy of $3,205,106 to Wright County.
She said Wright County then prepares and mails a projected tax statement to residents.
Lannes said the state auditor recommends the city have a minimum of 40 percent of its annual budget as reserves for cash flow, and that the primary source of increasing reserve funds would be through a general levy increase.
“In reviewing the 2013 budget, we anticipate maintaining the Office of the State Auditor’s minimum requirements of 35 percent of the budget in designated funds for general reserve,” Lanne said. “Although staff can work this under the current economic status, it is recommended that the city council continue to increase the general funds reserve and not rely on other capital reserves to fund cash flow needs.”
The council conducted the truth-in-taxation hearing with little public input. Following the hearing, the council approved the levy and budget.
In other matters, the council approved hiring Janet Rust for the full-time administrative assistant II/accounting clerk position starting Monday, Dec. 10, with a six-month probation period.
Finance director Lannes noted that the city received 97 applicants for the position, and that senior staff reviewed the applications and narrowed the field to eight candidates.
Engineer/administrator Adam Nafstad, city clerk Kim Olson and Lannes interviewed the eight individuals, and Rust was recommended for the position.
Rust has a two-year degree in accounting along with 20-plus years of accounting and customer service experience.
In other action, the council:
CONDUCTED a workshop. Discussion included purchasing procedures, with a guideline on which staff members can purchase what, and for how much. The council also discussed personnel evaluation forms, hearing that staff would go away from a numbering system, or assigning points for certain areas.
-Compiled by Aaron Brom