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Willmar, Minn., Mayor Yanish proposes $44.6 million budget for 2014

WILLMAR — Mayor Frank Yanish is proposing a city budget of $44,686,059 for 2014.

Of the total budget, $15,528,583 is for general operating; $16,773,881 is for capital improvements; $1,682,816 for special revenue/internal services; $2,499,201 for debt service; and $8,201,578 for wastewater treatment.

The general operating portion of the budget includes $1,703,036 in transfers for capital improvements.

The proposed tax levy of $4,139,734 is unchanged from 2013 due to reinstatement of levy limits. The levy includes $3,992,734 for general operating and $147,000 for the street program. Yanish said the city will continue with the $147,000 extra funding for street repair that the city began in 2013.

Revenues include an increase in Local Government Aid from $4,052,790 in 2013 to $4,439,645 in 2014.

Changes in budgeted expenditures include:

* A 50 percent reduction in staff travel and training, a 35 percent reduction in staff memberships and dues, and 35 percent reduction in contracted professional services.

* Elimination of dues for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and National League of Cities.

* Elimination of funding for the Willmar Design Center, West Central Integration Collaborative, and the Community Marketing Coalition.

* New position proposed for human resources.

* Restoration of the assistant engineer position.

— David Little

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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