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Duluth Mayor presents proposed 2015 city budget to council

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Mayor presents proposed 2015 city budget to council

September 4, 2014 Updated Sep 4, 2014 at 7:27 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The proposed 2015 city budget for Duluth doesn't offer a whole lot of change but taxpayers could be shelling out more annually.

Mayor Don Ness presented his budget to city officials Thursday night at City Hall.

His proposal calls for a 0% tax rate increase in the general operations levy, and a 1.6% increase in the capital projects levy.

The Mayor says the increase accounts for an additional $400,000 into repairs for city streets.

Another change, says Ness, is a portion of revenue that was moved to the retiree health care trust fund.

"This trust fund, which was about $13,000,000 in 2008 is now over $40,000,000, and this action of dedicating an additional $300,000 a year is kind of a continued effort to put money aside to pay for that that future liability, that had been unfunded," said Mayor Ness.

Homeowners could see a $9 increase each year.

Councilors expect to have a committee of the whole meeting to discuss the budget in detail.