FD council passes FY 2015 budget

A roughly $73 million budget for Fort Dodge that essentially maintains services at current levels was approved by the City Council Monday.

The budget is for the fiscal year that will begin July 1 and end June 30, 2015.

It calls for spending $72,719,656. That’s down from the current budget of $75,753,532.

It includes a property tax rate of $20.47 per $1,000 of taxable value. That property tax rate is down from the current $20.82 per $1,000 of taxable value.

The new property tax rate includes these elements:

– $8.10 for the general fund, which includes fire and police protection, parks and recreation, the public library and several other government functions.

– $6.37 for employee benefits.

– $4.54 to pay general obligation bond debt.

– 55 cents for liability and property insurance.

– 43 cents for Dodger Area Rapid Transit.

– 27 cents as an emergency levy to help balance the general fund.

– 12 cents for the Citizens Central senior citizens center.

– 6 cents for the Karl King Band.

– 4 cents to support the Webster County Emergency Management Agency.

The budget also includes a 1.5 percent water rate increase and various hikes in recreation fees.

Major spending categories include:

– $9,754,657 for the sanitary sewer system.

– $7,401,560 for the water system.

– $3,178,567 for the Police Department.

– $2,624,540 for road maintenance, snow removal and street cleaning.

– $1,790,871 for the Fire Department.

– $1,501,465 for parks and recreation.

– $717,400 for the library.

– $569,150 for Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

– $267,200 for Dodger Area Rapid Transit.

– $238,100 for the Blanden Memorial Art Museum.

– $198,920 for the Fire Department’s ambulance service.

– $196,200 for planning.

– $191,800 for inspections.

– $183,218 for the convention and visitors bureau.

– $38,000 for the Karl King Band.

During the council meeting, City Manager David Fierke gave a brief summary of the spending plan.

The only comment from elected officials came when Councilman Andy Fritz thanked Fierke and the city staff for their work on the budget.

Councilman Don Wilson was absent from the otherwise unanimous vote to approve the budget.

The vote Monday evening concluded months of budgetary work that began late last year.