Fort Dodge council approves 2017-2018 budget

Property tax rate of $20.42 per $1,000 taxable value remains

A 2017-2018 budget that keeps the property tax rate the same was approved by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday evening.

The budget’s total expenditures and transfers out are $103,811,323.

It retains the property tax rate at $20.42 per $1,000 of taxable value.

“That is very good news to you as a home owner,” Mayor Matt Bemrich said. “We don’t know what the assessor is going to do, but we did our part in trying to maintain a level property tax.”

The budget, which was approved unanimously, calls for a 1.5 percent increase in water bills. It includes money to hire an additional inspector, who will become the third one on the city staff. But the budget maintains most government services at their current level.

The property tax levy of $20.42 per $1,000 of taxable value includes:

• $8.10 for the general fund, which pays for police and fire protection and many other government services;

• $5.60 for employee benefits;

• $4.58 to pay off general obligation bond debt;

• 52 cents for liability and property insurance;

• 40 cents for Dodger Area Rapid Transit;

• 27 cents in an emergency levy to help balance the general fund;

• 12 cents for Citizens Central;

• 6 cents for the Karl King Municipal Band.

Major expenditures include:

• $5,383,042 for the sanitary sewer system;

• $5,047,179 for the water system;

• $3,720,017 for the Police Department;

• $2,607,550 for the Fire Department;

• $1,207,880 for recreation;

• $1,108,914 for sanitation;

• $989,150 for road, bridge and sidewalk maintenance;

• $805,172 for the Fort Dodge Public Library;

• $596,944 for the Fort Dodge Regional Airport;

• $458,300 for snow removal;

• $383,824 for the Fire Department’s ambulance service;

• $250,887 for planning and zoning;

• $171,700 for the city clerk’s office;

• $108,300 for the mayor, council and city manager;

• $371,515 for parks.