Council approves 2021-2022 budget

Overall levy to remain the same as current year

The City Council of Webster City approved the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year budget for the city as well as the five year capital improvement plan Monday night in regular session.

The council met via Zoom, with the public joining in online or watching the lifestream on the city’s Facebook page.

Public hearings were held on the budget and the capital improvement five-year plan.

Dodie Wolfgram, finance director, said the budget has an overall levy rate that will remain the same as the current year at 16.243200 per thousand of valuation.

“Increased valuations will generate $4.1 million for General Fund. The overall budget is about $38.2 million,” she said.

She said in a memo to the council that the five year projection spreadsheet had changed for the General Fund since the work session because of the edition of an annual $150,000 debt payment for Capital Improvement Projects.

The CIP for Fiscal Year 2022 has projects totaling $10,788,125, with $7,500,000 earmarked for year 1 of the wastewater treatment plant. While the projects have not changed since the work session, Wolfgram said some of the funding sources had.

“We may be using a portion of the new GO bonds towards both trail projects and the water projects will be funded from proceeds in the new water bond,” she said in the council memo.

All projects over the purchase price of $10,000 must go before the council prior to purchase or implementation, Wolfgram said, adding that inclusion in the plan does not necessarily mean the purchase or project will happen.

Some of the projects included in the first year of the plan include Overpass Drive and Second St. over the Boone River, tornado siren replacement, Boone River Trail extension to Kendall Young Park and a trail connection at Wilson Brewer Park, GIS at Graceland Cemetery, a slide repair at the outdoor pool, year one of the wastewater treatment plant project, water improvements and street and sidewalk improvements.


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