2021 Budget, Levy Approved; Park Project Donation accepted at Aitkin City Council December 7th meeting

2021 Budget, Levy Approved; Park Project Donation accepted at Aitkin City Council December 7th meeting

December 8, 2020 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (12/7/20)

(Aitkin, MN) — The Aitkin City Council approved the 2021 Final Budget and Tax Levy, and received more good news from the Park Project Monday night from the Aitkin Public Library Community Room.

The Council did approve 2021 Tobacco License renewals for 7 establishments.

The Council held a Public Meeting for the 2021 Final Budget and Tax Levy, which City Administrator Rose Beverly explained further in detail concerning the final numbers.

The City of Aitkin Total Tax Levy for 2021 is $1,370,276.00 at an increase of 14.73% over 2020, which was approved by the Council. Mayor Gary Tibbitts spoke on recent success stories of improvements in the Lakes Area and the Iron Range.

Council member Amanda Lowe presented to the Council the news of the Aitkin Park Project receiving another significant donation.

That donation from the Hallett Trust Committee brings a donation total of $11,000 in the last week for the Park Project. John Heins spoke before the Council on approving an amendment to the City of Aitkin Comprehensive Plan for a plan that involves future housing projects.

That amendment was approved as was Amending the Official Zoning Map of “City of Aitkin Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance” with a $400 fee. The Council made the determination of following the same guidelines as previously done earlier during the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Liquor License Fee Reduction for Aitkin City Businesses, which was in the area of a 20-25 percent refund.

The Aitkin City Council is next scheduled to meet on Monday, December 21st from the Aitkin Public Library Community Room.