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Members of the Minot City Council approved on first reading a 2022 budget of approximately $175.271 million at their Sept. 7 meeting.
The approved 2022 budget, which calls for a 121.69 mill levy, includes new positions of two dispatchers, one plumbing inspector, two bus drivers, one computer forensic technician, one mechanic, one property maintenance position, one GIS technician, one recycling coordinator, one water plant operator, and four positions that would transition from part time to full time.
The approved budget essentially mirrors Council President Lisa Olson’s proposed budget, which is a slight increase from the 2020 budget that included 121.29 mills. Council member Paul Pitner voted against the budget, saying he was committed to maintaining a flat mill levy rate from 2020, and while he supported the additional positions, he couldn’t support even a nominal increase in the mill levy.
“I think all the positions in President Olson’s budget are necessary, and they are beneficial to providing and enhancing services to the City,” Pitner said. “I just think with some of the other challenges our community is facing, I want to hold the line with a flat mill levy. I want to set a good example. For me to sleep well at night, I need to hold to my position.”
The 2022 budget includes funding to continue work on flood control phases, the Northwest Area Water Supply project, and projects through the National Disaster Resilience program. While the funding for those projects already exists, it must be included in the budget in order to be spent in 2022.
The budget must still be approved on second reading; it will be discussed again at the City Council meeting on Sept. 20.