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CP budget approved without any state cuts

Updated: March 11, 2013 8:58AM



CROWN POINT — The city’s budget has received full approval from the Department of Local Government Finance and that means full-time employees will receive a $1,000 stipend this year.

Monday Clerk Treasurer Patti Olson said this is the first time in a very long time the city’s requested budget for its general fund, motor vehicle highway fund and other funds that are part of the levy came back fully funded and without requests from the state to make additional cuts.

“Last year we had to make some cuts,” Olson said, adding those were minor and did not affect operations.

Olson said she was very surprised — and pleased — the city will not have to trim money from any departments. The city’s tax rate is rougly 59 cents per $100 of assessed value.

“This was fantastic,” she said.

Mayor David Uran attributed the success of the budget to the cost cutting measures department heads have already put in place to keep city expenses in tow.

“The budget met the muster of the state and the DLGF. That’s really good news,” Uran said.

Officials last fall opted to again offer the city’s approximately 170 full-time employees a stipend in lieu of a pay increase contingent on the state’s approval of the budget as submitted. Employees received a two percent pay increase in 2012 and a stipend in 2011 and 2010.



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