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Osakis City Council holds truth in taxation hearing

According to a handout provided at the meeting, the preliminary tax levy for 2023 results in an estimated 3% increase of the tax collected for the city.

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Lowell Anderson | Echo Press
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OSAKIS – The Osakis City Council held a truth in taxation hearing at its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 12.

According to a handout provided at the meeting, the preliminary tax levy for 2023 results in an estimated 3% increase in the property taxes collected for the city.

The preliminary tax levy was set at $806,174, which provides for the general fund, equipment replacement and debt service, the handout read.

General fund budget expenditures also increased 3% from last year due to capital outlay costs, repair and maintenance, a part-time seasonal employee, salaries and liability insurance.

General fund revenues increased 3%, as well. Revenue sources of the increase were the Local Government Aid and taxes.

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"The council set a preliminary levy in September, which will appear on the notice of the proposed taxes mailed to every taxpayer in city limits," the handout read. "Staff continues to work on the 2023 budget and will present an amended budget and final levy."

Also at Monday's meeting, Mayor Dan Wessel read a certificate of appreciation honoring council member Randy Anderson. Monday was Anderson's last regular meeting as a council member.

"The city council of the City of Osakis greatly acknowledges the expertise and professionalism and knowledge you have contributed as a member of the city council for almost 15 years," Wessel read. "We commend you for your outstanding contributions during the years from April 2008 to December 2022. Your dedication to Osakis has been greatly appreciated."

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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