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3/9/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
DeWitt holds line on tax rates for 6th year

By Mary Rueter
Managing editor

Following a public hearing Monday, March 4, at which no comments were received from the public, the DeWitt City Council unanimously approved the annual budget for FY 2013-2014.

The budget calls for an expected $2,878,461 in revenues and anticipated expenditures of $2,797,141.

The tax levies of $3.00375 on ag land and $14.07224 on regular land remain the same for the sixth year in a row. Residential taxpayers should note, however, their tax bill is likely to increase due to the increase in the residential rollbacks that increases their property's taxable value.

Development agreement revisions tabled

Although there were no public comments to proposals to revise development agreements with Tiefenthaler Development for Cobblestone Estates and Hafner Brothers Construction for the Hickory Bend Second Addition, council members Steve Hasenmiller and Kurt Ketelsen expressed concerns about the plan.

Hasenmiller said his research indicated the city could not break even on the adjustment for Cobblestone Estates unless the developer built 11 homes per year.

"We may need to do something, but we need to consider doing something else." He said. "This is just a guarantee to lose a lot of money."

Ketelsen admitted, "It's a bad practice because we treated the contractors differently."

He added he has no problem helping the developers with infrastructure costs, however.

Councilman Verlyn Scheckel suggested the agreements be left the way they are.

The council agreed to table the resolutions for further study of infrastructure costs.

City administrator Steve Lindner said he understood the council's concerns but reminded the council the development agreement would promote housing development at different levels.

Other business

In other business Monday, the council:

•Approved a proposed Affordable Health Care Act plan that designates employees as full time or part time and permanent, seasonal or temporary for the purpose of determining which positions qualify for health insurance coverage and other benefits.

Under the plan, full-time employees must work at least 30 hours, and permanent part-time employees will be scheduled no more than 27 hours per week. Full-time employees and part-time employees working an average of 20 hours or more per week are eligible for benefits.

Temporary employees, such as lifeguards, are employed for 120 days or less and may work more than 40 hours per week but are not eligible for benefits.

Seasonal employees, such as parks workers, are hired for a period of more than 120 days but not more than eight full months. They are not to be scheduled for more than 27 hours per week and are not eligible to receive benefits.

•Approved the appointment of Jennifer Walker to the city's civil service commission.

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