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The proposed 2023 City budget would rise approximately 4% under a budget presented on Aug. 4 by City Manager Harold Stewart.
The proposed 2023 budget is $182.365 million, compared to $175.271 million in 2022. The budget was presented at the City Council’s Aug. 1 meeting. If approved, the budget would increase property taxes by $6.66 a year per $100,000 of home value.
In his budget package, Stewart wrote:
“The proposed 2023 City of Minot budget continues the City Council’s long-standing effort at providing municipal services as cost effectively as possible. The City levy approved by the City Council in 2022 was 121.69 mills. The final adjusted rate by the County was 121.47 mills. The proposed mill for 2023 is 123.17, a slight increase of 1.48 mills. The value of each mill has increased slightly at 5.41%.”
The preliminary budget cannot go up beyond the current proposal, but it can be reduced. The budget process moving forward:
-Aug. 15 Council meeting. Council President Paul Pitner will make his budget recommendation
-Sept. 6 Council meeting: Budget Q&A to give staff opportunity to ask questions about 2023 budget
-Sept. 19 Council meeting: First reading of 2023 budget
-Oct. 3 Council meeting: Second reading of 2023 budget to adopt City budget
The proposed budget includes 23 new full-time positions, including an assistant city manager, 4 water plant operators, a public outreach specialist, drug task force investigator, assistant dispatch manager, police officer, 3 firefighters, an IT technician, 2 property maintenance workers, two bus drivers, project civil engineer, engineering technician, two light equipment operators, and two heavy equipment operators.
The budget proposes no increase in fees for garbage or water rates. Sewer fees would increase 37 cents in the flat rate, and 16 cents per cubic feet for homeowners and 18 cents per 100 cubic feet for commercial properties.
“The proposed budget makes efforts to address the results from the community survey. One of the biggest areas of priority from the citizens of Minot was overall maintenance of city streets and sidewalks. Staff has proposed to increase the overall street maintenance by $2 million and add personnel in engineering to design, manage, and oversee those projects,” Stewart wrote in his presentation.