Sherburn considering 2019 budget, tax levy

SHERBURN — The city of Sherburn may wind up with a property tax levy increase of 0.2 percent.

City manager Brad Hughes explained the proposed 2019 budget and levy at the city’s Truth-in-Taxation meeting this week. The City Council is expected to finalize both on Dec. 17.

The levy amount is currently 2.9 percent, which officials say is one of the lowest compared to nearby cities.

The levy amounts to 44 percent of the budget, which is running almost the same as this year.

In other business before the council, discussion was held on plans for expansion at Temperance Lake Ridge.

Officials reported that plans are moving forward. Hughes noted the improvements may cost $3 million instead of the $2 million or $2.5 million previously reported.

The wellness center will be in front of the building; and laundry room and dining room expansions will be added. Garages; storage and mechanical rooms; 14 units; and 25 parking places will be added. There will be less carpet and more tile-type floors.

The committee and management are looking into companies to furnish needed improvements.

In another matter, a member of the public asked about how snow is removed. Hughes said the main streets and the fire department are done first. Then the town is divided into fourths and the snow removal begins in one of those quarters. The quarter where city employees begin is changed with each snow removal.

In other city news:

o The ambulance department would like the council to discuss charging a percentage for ambulance trips that are refused once the ambulance reaches the scene. This will be discussed later.