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City approves 2020 budget

By Staff | Sep 13, 2019

The City of Rugby’s 2020 budget was approved Tuesday evening during a special meeting of the Rugby City Council.

The city will levy 111.43 mills or $858,560 on all taxable properties. Of that total, 92 mills or $708,860 will go toward the city’s general fund; 5.97 mills or $46,000 will go toward the recreation fund; 2.47 mills or $19,000 will go toward snow removal; seven mills or $53,900 will go to the Heart of America Library; and four mills or $30,800 will go to the Rugby Job Development Authority.

The city projects to receive over $5.15 million in revenues, and over $5.28 million in expenditures for all funds. About $959,147 is projected to be transferred in 2020.

In a related motion, the council voted to approve the second reading of Ordinance No. 421, which deals with annual appropriations. The first reading was passed during the council’s regular meeting which was held last Thursday due to the Labor Day holiday.

Other actions

During last week’s meeting, the council:

– Approved a payment in lieu of tax application for Rugby Manufacturing, who is expanding its business. The payments would last for five years, beginning in 2020.

– Approved an open skating agreement between the city, the Rugby Recreation board and the Rugby Amateur Hockey Association for 2019-20.

– Approved signing a certificate of community support for the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation, which is raising funds for an ambulance safety project.

– Approved local permits for the Northern Lights Lions and for Miss Rugby Scholarship Organization pending review by City Attorney Bill Hartl.

– Approved planning & zoning findings for a variance request by Troy Munyer; and a rezoning request for Rugby Spray Foam (Brad Wangler and Derick Welk).

– Approved August meeting minutes, bills, financials, Municipal Judge’s report, and JDA minutes and financials.

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