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City budget set for 2018

The City of River Falls budget has officially been set at $41,829,197 for 2018, following approval by the City Council Tuesday, Nov. 28. This is the second year of the two-year budgeting process, said City Finance Director Alan Rolek.

"At this time staff is recommending no changes from last year," Rolek said. "As well, we are looking at the same levy that was being considered by the council back in 2016 for 2018."

No changes to the budget that was prepared in 2016 for 2018 were recommended. The council did, however, have a work session in early October to review the 2017 budget and look ahead to the 2018 budget.

A "Budget in Brief" presentation was also given at the Oct. 24 council meeting, which can be seen on the city's YouTube channel.

"We feel that we have a good budget," Rolek said.

Of the $41,829,197 budget, 14.9 percent will be funded by general property taxes. No change was made to the $6,222,000 levy amount adopted by the City Council last year.

Other income comes from tax increment revenue, other taxes, intergovernmental revenue, public charges for services, special assessments, investment income, and more.

Budgeted expenditures include

• $3,114,092 for "general government" expenses

• 5,328,201 for public safety

• $22,247,861 for public works

• $2,279,828 for culture, recreation and education

• $2,942,576 for conservation and development

• $2,473,620 for capital projects

• And $10,040 for capital projects

• As well as $3,432,979 for "other financing uses."

No one in the audience or council asked any questions of Rolek.

The budget was approved unanimously by roll call vote.

See the full council meeting at

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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