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Tama Council approves $3 million budget for fiscal 2013-14

Only slight rise in city proeprty tax asking

March 11, 2013
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Property taxes to pay for Tama city government operations will be up just over 2 percent to $17.64 per $1,000 valuation for the 2013-14 budget year.

Agricultural land within the city limits stayed at the same rate of $3 per $1,000 valuation.

The Jan. 1, 2012, property values for the city totals $56,942,676. This compares to a 2011 valuation totaling $54,499,346.

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City Council members approved the proposed $3,073,017 budget on a 4-0 vote Monday night, March 4. Members Crystal Kaufman, Robert Tyynismaa, Mike Carnahan and Kenny McAdoo voted in favor. Member Steve Baier was absent.

No citizen comments were heard during a budget hearing conducted before the vote.

The next fiscal year budget is actually down from the re-estimated current one which totals $3,908,528.

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Budget Breakdown

A breakdown of the 2013-14 budget for the period July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 and the current re-estimated 2012-13 budget in parenthesis includes:

Public Safety $832,620 (880,104) - the current budget includes the cost of a new police vehicle and payment for construction of a city shed adjacent to the city hall complex.

Public Works $526,395 (600,080)

Health and Social Services $12,500 (12,500)

Culture and Recreation $303,011 (335,898)

Community and Economic Development $195,600 (593,000) - the housing rehab funding was in this category

General Government- $160,919 (179,367)

Debt Service $257,802 (259,099)

Capital Projects $33,000 (261,678)

Business Type Enterprises $751,170 (786,802)

However, that figure reflects such items as pass through funding totaling $160,000 for the South Tama School District and a total of $250,000 in federal housing rehabilitation money according to City Clerk Judy Welch. In addition, the current budget includes $150,000 for an East 5th Street improvement project which has been put on hold, $70,000 paid for construction of a new police shed and a loader purchased for the street department at a cost of $87,000.

For the STC District, a federal grant was channeled through the city to enable the South Tama School District to acquire a computerized environmental control system for the high school. There was no cost to the city in this transaction.

An 11-unit housing rehabilitation grant also is reflected in the present budget. Of that amount, Tama was responsible for only about $30,000 of the cost.

Costs for employee benefits including Workmen's Compensation have risen for next year which Welch said is a direct cost to the city and resulted in the slight increase in property tax askings.

Budget Breakdown

A breakdown of the 2013-14 budget for the period July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 and the current re-estimated 2012-13 budget in parenthesis includes:

Public Safety $832,620 (880,104) - the current budget includes the cost of a new police vehicle and payment for construction of a city shed adjacent to the city hall complex.

Public Works $526,395 (600,080)

Health and Social Services $12,500 (12,500)

Culture and Recreation $303,011 (335,898)

Community and Economic Development $195,600 (593,000) - the housing rehab funding was in this category

General Government- $160,919 (179,367)

Debt Service $257,802 (259,099)

Capital Projects $33,000 (261,678)

Business Type Enterprises $751,170 (786,802)

 
 

 

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