Braham renews sanitation agreement with slight increase

Braham City Council approved the renewal of a five-year sanitation agreement with East Central Sanitation and Recycling during its March 4 meeting.

The agreement includes a 2-2.5 percent price increase that would be effective July 1. Current in-city waste removal rates range from $10.30 to $18.30 before state sanitation taxes, and there hasn’t been an increase for more than 10 years, said East Central Sanitation Chief Financial Officer Jerry Moses.

Annual audit presentation

City Auditor Mike Burkhardt reported the city had a clean audit. He reported total revenues of the governmental funds were $1.92 million, a $676,000 increase from 2012. This is due to the community center grant. Total expenses were at $2.41 million for 2013. The city issued bonds in the amount of $521,000 for the 2013 street improvement project and $124,000 for equipment purchasing for the street department. Revenues from liquor funds were at $1.27 million, which is down from $1.28 million in 2012. The gross profit percentage in 2013 was at 23.74 percent, compared to 25.32 percent in 2012.