BY COUNCILOR STEWART:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. The sum to be raised by taxation for the year 2007 for
general operations is hereby determined to be the sum of
Section 2. There will be levied for the support of the general fund the
Section 3. For the pay of debt, there will be levied for the general obligation debt fund the sum of $4,342,200.
Section 4. For the pay of debt for the Duluth transit bonds, there will be levied the sum of $157,800.
Section 5. That pursuant to laws of Minnesota 1971, Chapter 824, to pay for the portion of the cost of local improvements which will not sustain a special assessment, there will be levied for the permanent improvement fund the sum of $522,100.
Section 6. That this ordinance shall take effect January 1, 2007.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This ordinance sets the 2007 levy at the same level that was approved by the Duluth City Council at the September 11, 2006, meeting. The levy proposed in this ordinance of $12,808,400 $12,208,400 is 15.27 percent higher than the 2006 levy and reflects an overall increase of $1,706,300 $1,106,300. The breakdown of the increase is an increase of $384,000 to fund six additional public safety officers, offset by a decrease of $337,200 for general operations; an increase of $600,000 [vetoed] for the purposes of funding other post employment benefits - OPEB, and an increase of $222,300 for support to the neighborhood street improvement program; debt service will increase $810,100; the permanent improvement fund levy will increase $27,100; and the Duluth Transit Authority debt service will remain flat.
The two changes shown are the veto of the item of expenditure of $600,000 to be set aside for OPEB, as explained in the statement of purpose, and the approval of other items of expenditures for which this ordinance sets aside money.
This ordinance, as vetoed and approved, is being returned to the clerk, as provided for in the Charter, Section 12. The reasons for the veto of the particular $600,000 item are explained in the memo attached to the hard copy of this ordinance .