Osseo sets 2014 budget, levies

The Osseo City Council approved the 2014 budget and property tax levy during its Monday, Dec. 9, meeting.

A separate story on other council items will appear in next week’s paper.

City Administrator Doug Reeder presented the council with the 2014 budget and property tax levy. The general fund levy will be $1,045,047 in 2014. The general obligation bond 2009A was approved at $187,094 and the general obligation capital improvement bond 2010A at $209,706.

In the area of expenditures, one of the big areas of increase in the area of police services, going from $500,410 in 2013 to $542,492 in 2014. Overtime was added to the budget for 2014. The portion of the parks and recreation expenses increased from $2,500 to $12,000 for repairs and maintenance. Another area was in city hall/community center, which includes operations and maintenance.

Reeder said, “A vast majority of the rise in fund expenditures has been committed to capital improvements. This is an initiation that the council made before I got here to try to put most of the money, and eventually the money, we receive from local government aid into the budget.”

In other related matters, the council:

APPROVED setting the water user fees in 2014. A minimum quarterly charge will go from $28.93 to $29.80.

SET the sanitary sewer use fees for 2014. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, there will be a base charge of $49.50 per quarter plus $9.52 per 1,000 gallons beyond 15,000 gallons.

APPROVED setting storm water utility fees in 2014. The fee will be $33.07 per residential equivalency factor in January, up from $31.50 in 2013.