Washburn council approves 2013 tax levy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Members of the Washburn City Council formally adopted the 2013 tax levy of .3958 during their Aug. 15 meeting, the same as in 2012.

That levy will result in approximately $10,500 in total revenue for the city based on $2,644,166 in total valuation of personal and real property.

Gary Davis, Washburn Civic Association, announced the organization's next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Washburn City Hall.

Barbara Erwin spoke to aldermen about the possibility of having a train engine donated to the city. She said American Locomotive Company would soon be retiring engines in the near future.

It was the consensus of council members to research the possible acquisition of a retired locomotive engine for display purposes.

Alderman Gerald Hinde recommended transferring $10,000 from the water fund savings account into the water fund checking account, a motion approved by the remainder of the council.

Aldermen also approved an effort to renegotiate engineer fees previously quoted for an existing water line upgrade.

Julie Grillone, city clerk, reported four of the city's computers were aging out of an update compliance and recommended their replacement with new computers and operating systems for city hall. Cost of the replacements will run between $3,000 to $3,500.

Aldermen approved an insurance quote from Casey Chastain, representing Connell Insurance Company, of Springfield, in the amount of $6,480 per year for the city's general liability coverage.

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