GIBSON CITY — Council members approved a tax levy of just over $324,000 to be paid by local taxpayers in 2013. The levy represents a 2 percent increase over the previous year's levy, an amount less than the rate of inflation, according to City Attorney Marc Miller.
Miller said the amount represents the real estate tax portion of the city's $6.5 million balanced budget. He said raising the levy for the rate of inflation is a "responsible approach" to funding with "no reason to make it larger."
In other action, council members approved two personnel actions.
Approval was given for two students to perform seasonal work during upcoming holiday vacations. Superintendent Randy Stauffer emphasized the pair will be paid "only for what they work." Administrative Assistant Peg Stalter said their pay will be $8.25 per hour, the current minimum wage.
Approval was also given for one-time year-end gifts to city employees. Full-time employees will receive $50 and part-time employees will receive $25.