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York City Council Hears Utility Increases, Sets Budget

YORK, Neb. – The York City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night at the York Municipal Building. A number of agenda items came before the council including setting the 2017-2018 Budget, increasing utility expenses, and a public hearing on an application for a Community Development Block Grant.

Mayor Orval Stahr and the council have approved the 2017-2018 City of York Budget. A summary of the budget appropriations lists the total of this year’s budget at $31,006,354, with a 2017-2018 property tax request of $.19 per $100 of property valuation. That request does not raise the levy from last year.

A first reading was also held at Thursday evenings York City Council meeting regarding the setting of water, wastewater, and landfills rates for the residents of the city of York.

Director of Public Works, Mitch Doht, goes over the rate proposals.

When water, wastewater, and landfill are all added, the total additional increase will cost each household roughly $6.09 per month. A second reading will be held at next council meeting, in which the council will have the option to approved, deny, or schedule a third reading. If approved, they will go into effect immediately.

A public hearing on an application to the Department of Economic Development for a Community Development Block Grant was held at Thursday evenings York City Council meeting. The CDBG funds, in the amount of $350,000, is to begin Phase 2 of a Comprehensive Development Program dedicated to housing in low-to-moderate income areas of York.

Rian Harkins with the Southeast Nebraska Development District explains the grant.

The application, which was approved by the council, will now be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Grant winners will be announced in January of 2018.

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