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.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.