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Askov anticipates tax increase for 2015
At the November 12 meeting of the Askov City Council, Mayor Terry Johnsen proposed several budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in an effort to minimize an anticipated tax increase. Despite steadily growing expenses, the council has not raised property taxes in the past four years. Johnsen said he expects next year's increase to be "pretty significant," the result of having kept rates stable for so long. The mayor's recommended cuts were met with general agreement from council members, who expressed the desire to build reserve funds for use in emergency situations. The new budget was tabled and awaits approval at December's council meeting.
John Mikrot, the city's water and sewer operator, reported that fire hydrants throughout the city had been successfully flushed. He also presented the results of a recent water tower inspection, which revealed that the coat of epoxy on the interior of the water tank is peeling and will require re-application, a procedure estimated to cost $35,000.
A special visitor, Krystle Mix, came seeking assistance from the council with the sale of her property, which is adjacent to a drainage lot within city limits. Due to an adjustment of property lines, she owns only part of the land on which her garage stands, with the other portion being owned by the city. She requested that the city grant her an additional 20 feet of land that would encompass the whole garage to facilitate the sale of the property. The council agreed to cooperate with Mix to find a solution, remarking that land straddling two or more lots is a "city-wide problem" brought about by the adoption of newer, more accurate surveying technologies.
The council approved an acknowledgement of appreciation for Darrell Johnsen's custodial services to the city of Askov.
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