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Minot City Budget Outlined

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More than $155 million dollars.

That's how much it takes to run the city of Minot, according to the 2015 proposed city budget.

This month, the city council will be reviewing the proposal that is nearly $33 million less than last year.

The budget proposal includes the request for 44 new jobs, 12 of those new positions are firefighters to staff the new fire station in southeast Minot.

There are also several new positions requested for the airport.

The airport budget has increased significantly in anticipation of transitioning to the new airport terminal at the end of 2015 --- adjusting for a time in which the city will be maintaining both terminals.

Other departments requesting an increase in the budget include the street department, a permit technician, a zoning and enforcement officer to help with abandoned homes and flooded home buyouts will continue next year.

The city will have over 400 properties after the next round of buyouts and extra staff are requested to maintain those properties.

(Cindy Hemphill, Minot City Finance Director) "I think that when you look at what the departments are asking for, they're certainly justified but whether the city can afford to hire all of those positions that are being requested in one year, that will be the question that the city council will have to determine."

The city council will meet on August 28th with questions for each department.

The first and second readings of the budget are on September 8th and 15th at 6:30.

Hemphill says home values went up again this year so a property tax increase is expected.

 

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