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Superior City Council adopts 2023 budgets

The $33.6 million general fund budget will be supported by a $115,000 increase in the property tax levy. Officials expect the tax rate to stay about the same as the increase in the overall levy should be absorbed by value growth.

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SUPERIOR — The Superior City Council adopted budgets Tuesday, Nov. 1, to cover the cost of general government services and projects over the next six years.

After making minor changes to fund transfers to account for changes in revenue two weeks ago, the balanced revenue and spending plans for 2023 were adopted without discussion.

The $33.6 million general fund budget will be supported by a $115,000 increase in the property tax levy, which will be $12,984,000 for the coming tax year. The levy increase falls within value growth, according to Mayor Jim Paine, so any property tax increase should be absorbed by growth and the tax rate would stay about the same or may drop a bit.

The plan includes a 5% increase for employees wages next year, but that doesn’t mean city workers will see a 5% increase in pay. The city is undergoing a salary study that will guide how employees are paid.

The capital improvement program, which pays for projects like sidewalk replacements, street improvements and building repairs, approved by the council Tuesday calls for no additional borrowing to pay for the six-year plan. Typically, the city bonds to help pay for capital projects every two years.

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The council also approved an agreement that is expected to save the city about $100,000 in expenses next year by self-funding workers' compensation claims .

Shelley Nelson is a reporter with the Duluth Media Group since 1997, and has covered Superior and Douglas County communities and government for the Duluth News Tribune from 1999 to 2006, and the Superior Telegram since 2006. Contact her at 715-395-5022 or snelson@superiortelegram.com.
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