Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

March 8, 2013

Council approves budget

By Steve Woodhouse Editor
The Journal Express

---- — The Knoxville City Council, without discussion from the public during the public hearing, approved the 2013-14 fiscal year budget at Monday’s regular meeting.

The City’s total property tax levy for the year will be approximately $15.90 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. Council members and staff spent many hours, crafting the budget, over the past several weeks.

In other council discussion, City Manager Harold Stewart provided a presentation regarding the City’s new website, On the site, residents can notify the City about issues that need addressed, make suggestions for City improvements and review City documents. For outsiders, the site offers a great deal of information about City government, businesses located within the City, economic development information and links to sites in the area. The website went live late last week, and the City has seen hits on the site from around the country and other parts of the world.

Other council notes:

• Appointed Cindy Dillinger, Tim Gotta, Elizabeth Bellamy, Larry Formanek and Richard Gibson to the Downtown Streetscape Committee.

• Appointed Bob Leonard to the Historic Preservation Commission.

• Appointed Marilyn Miller, Joan Hall and Maxine Prichard to the Senior Citizens’ Board.

• Approved a Class B Beer Permit including Sunday sales for Kline’s Quick Time.

• Approved a resolution for tax abatement for the construction of a new commercial property at 212 North Fremont. Councilor Carolyn Formanek abstained from the vote regarding this, as she is the owner.

• Appointed Hunter Schneider and Colton Reinhart to the Knoxville Fire Department’s Cadet Program.

• Approved a plat of survey outside of the corporate limits of the City. This is the same parcel split addressed at the last council meeting, but after its first passage, a mistake was discovered. A new vote was required.