After five years of little or no levy increase, the Sandstone City Council last week approved a two-percent levy increase.
The council debated dropping the levy down to one percent, but in a 3-2 vote with Val Palmer and Tim Franklin against, opted for the higher rate. Administrator Jessica Seibert told the council since the city did not expect to expend additional funds for Robinson Park this coming year since it did not receive Legacy funding, the city could reduce the levy, and other projects could still be funded. But she did not think that the city will eventually have to make costly repairs to the elevator at City Hall, and could use this money for additional roads projects.
Additional funds could be available for claims the city could receive from its insurance provider from 2014, when extensive damage was done to water pipes during the deep freeze, Seibert said.
The council and EDA were unanimous in approving the EDA budget, which includes $120,000 for Wild River.
The county is scheduled to adopt a 6.5 percent levy increase for next year.