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Brownton City Council finalizes 2015 budget with no levy increase

The Brownton City Council agreed on its 2015 budget at its Dec. 2 meeting — one that does not increase taxes — but did not agree on a salary increase for employees.
City Clerk Ella Kruse said the 2015 budget included a 3 percent wage increase for employees, but that the City Council was free to decide if it wanted to award 3 percent or a lesser amount.
While all of the Council members seemed to agree that employees were doing a good job, Mayor Jay Werner noted that Brownton’s tax base is shrinking and, that while the levy is staying the same, there are fewer properties to bear the burden.
The City Council voted 4-1 to approve the 3 percent wage increase as budgeted, with Werner casting the dissenting vote.

For more from the meeting, see the Dec. 10 print edition of The McLeod County Chronicle.