Braham approves 0 percent change in preliminary levy

Residents in the city of Braham will see no change to the city’s portion of their property taxes in 2013.

During the Braham City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4, the council approved no change to the preliminary 2013 levy.

City Administrator Sally Hoy noted, “this is the second year of a 0 percent increase in the Braham levy.”

The Truth in Taxation Meeting will be held at the Braham City Hall on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at which the budget and levy will be discussed and at which public comment will be permitted. The proposed preliminary 2013 Levy is set at $530,535.

As far the 2013 preliminary budget, $1,332,974 is set for general fund revenue and expenses.

Hoy noted the proposed 2013 budget includes $20,000 toward the NE Braham Street Reclaim project. Other changes she noted was according to the water cash flow projection guide, the city will be increasing the meter fee from $1 to $2 and the tower debt service flat fee from $2 to $3, effective with the billing cycle due Jan. 14, 2013. She also said since the waste water treatment facility improvement project is coming to end, it doesn’t need to be included in the budget for 2013.

She also noted the city’s certified Local Government Aid was increased from $423,901 to $456,196—an increase of $41,295. Hoy noted the city’s budgeted $10,000 for unalltoment/shortfall in property taxes under capital projects, and also have $50,000 in a reserve for unallotment.

Proposed sculpture garden

Pie Day and Garden Club representatives requested permission to move forward with their plans to put a sculpture garden on the concrete footings of the old water tower in the Memorial Rose Garden.

They have been working on the Forecast Public Art Planning Grant for a few months and are at the point were they need council permission to place sculptures on the water tower base pads.

If grant money is received, four sculptures, designed to commemorate Pie Day volunteers, and a carved bench will be purchased. If possible, drainage and landscaping in that area will also be improved.


In other action, the council:

• Approved the renewal of the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).

• Granted Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church a temporary on-sale intoxicating liquor license for their annual dinner on Sept. 15.

• Approved a special event permit request by Stanchfield Baptist to hold a special event in Freedom Park. The event, which will have amplified music, will be held Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Set up will begin at 4 p.m. and tear down will conclude by 9 p.m.

• Ratified the appointment of Randy Berg to the Park Board.

• The next Braham City Council meeting will be held Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Braham City Hall, 201 Broadway Ave. So.