Waterloo Council to Try Again Tonight to Pass Budget
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It’s the last thing on the agenda and the most important: Waterloo City Council members will be asked tonight(Mon) to approve a budget for next fiscal year.

Chief Financial Officer Michelle Weidner has submitted a resolution calling for a levy rate of $17.73 per thousand dollars of assessed value, an increase of 13 cents over the current rate, but the same amount of total tax askings. Tonight’s(Mon) meeting begins at 5:30.

If you missed it last Friday, Mayor Quentin Hart’s proposed budget, which called for a 16-cent increase in the levy rate, a higher utility franchise fee, more state replacement funds than the legislature is proposing, and two fewer firefighters, was voted down 5 to 2.

Councilwoman Margaret Klein’s proposal to lower the levy rate to 17.17 was approved 4 to 3, but then vetoed by the Mayor. Councilman Steve Schmitt’s motion to override the veto died for lack of a second. Councilman Pat Morrissey then proposed a rate of 17-40 per thousand, but it failed, 4 to 3.

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