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City of Rugby approves 2019 preliminary budget
August 10, 2018

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In a regular meeting Monday evening at the Rugby City Hall, the Rugby City Council voted unanimously to approve the city's preliminary budget for 2019.

The city is levying $796,599 in taxes for 2019. Of that amount, $684,099 would be levied for the city's general fund; $45,500 would go toward public recreation, $19,000 would go toward snow removal and $48,000 would be levied for the Heart of America Public Library.

In comparison to 2018, the amount levied for the general fund and the library remained unchanged for 2019. The amount to be levied for public recreation increased from $44,137 in 2018. The amount to be levied for snow removal increased from $11,970 in 2018.

In terms of mills, 89.81 mills (valued at $7,617 per mill in 2019, which is a decrease from $7,657 in 2018) will be levied for the city's general fund (down from 90.01 in 2018), 5.99 will be levied for public recreation (up from 5.81 in 2018), 2.5 will be levied for snow removal (up from 1.58 in 2018) and 6.32 will be levied for the library (unchanged from 2018), for a total of 104.61 mills in the 2019 budget (down from 103.71 in 2018).

The city will hold a hearing on the budget at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at City Hall.

Other actions

- In response to a citizen's complaint regarding a property that was a junkyard within city limits which the city has no zoning for the council approved a motion that would allow City Attorney Bill Hartl to go through legal remedies for a violation of zoning ordinances.

"If it means going to court," said Ward 2 Councilman Dave Bednarz, "take it and get it done with."

- The council approved a motion to order 390 units of carpet tile covering and four carts for carpet tile for the Armory floor.

- The council approved a motion to begin repair/replacement of the roof on the Water Treatment Plant.

- The council approved a raffle permit application for the Rugby Dollars for Scholars.

- The council approved an abatement application for Jeff & Jennifer Stewart.

- The council approved July meeting minutes, bills and financial statements, and the Municipal Judge's report.

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