By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
While the city of Randall voted to raise its preliminary 2013 levy by 5.8 percent to $140,400, the Council voted Wednesday to reduce the amount to the same level as 2012. The levy will remain at $135,000.
The Council expects receipts to all its funds to increase by $71,198, or 3.8 percent and disbursements to also increase by $59,153, or 3.3 percent. This will increase the fund balances by $104,003.
After TIF and road improvement disbursements (debt obligations), total excess funds increase by $43,984.
The general fund’s receipts are expected to decrease by $7,428, or 2.5 percent. Its disbursements are also expected to decrease $3,255 or 1.1 percent. This will reduce the general fund by $6,510.
The sewer and water enterprise’s receipts are budgeted to increase by 8.5 percent, or $11,710. Its disbursements are expected to decrease by $742, or 0.4 percent. The fund balance is budgeted to increase by $35,854.
Receipts in the natural gas enterprise fund are budgeted to remain the same as last year and its disbursements are expected to decrease by 2.7 percent, or $7,608, increasing the fund’s balance by $27,587.
The electric enterprise receipts are budgeted to decrease by $12,395, or 2.4 percent. Its disbursements are also budgeted to decrease by $13,481, or 2.8 percent. The fund balance is budgeted to increase by $25,571.
Garbage receipts are expected to bring in $58,061 and disbursements in the fund are budgeted to be $51,100, increasing the fund balance by $6,961.
The liquor store enterprise’s receipts are budgeted to increase by $21,400 in 2013, or 3.4 percent. Disbursements from the fund are also expected to increase by $32,869, or 5.5 percent. The fund balance is budgeted to increase by $14,549.
Randall City Council briefs
Other business conducted by the Randall City Council Wednesday night included:
• Learning Greater Minnesota Gas Company is installing a new line to Swanville and is interested in tapping into the pipeline at the Randall Boarder Station. The company would like to either purchase the station for $50,000 or lease it for $7,500 per year. If purchased, the gas company would maintain the station.
The Council would like the city to remain the owner of the station and is considering the leasing option. A decision will be made when the Council receives a formal proposal;
• Approving a $4,000 donation to Little Falls Community Services;
• Setting Thursday, May 2, 2013, for the board of appeal and equalization meeting for residents to appeal the value or classification of their property;
• Scheduling Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, for the annual liquor inventory; and
• Voting to raise the residential garbage fees by $1 to assist with administrative fees.
At a special meeting held Dec. 13, the Council:
• Increased the council members’ pay by $10 per meeting as of Jan. 1, 2013. The mayor will receive $95, the clerk $90 and the council members $85. For special meetings, the council members will receive $55 per meeting. The council also voted to increase the number of both special and committee meetings each may attend from eight to 12 per year; and
• Asked Council members Jerry Adamski and Jerry Carter to bring a draft of a personnel manual to the next meeting.
The next City Council meeting will be held at the Randall Fire Hall Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at 7 p.m.