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Published November 10, 2009, 09:08 PM

City of EGF On Budget

East Grand Forks is expected to be on budget this year, even though it got hundreds of thousands of dollars less in financial aid from the state.

By: Casey Wonnenberg, WDAZ

East Grand Forks is expected to be on budget this year, even though it got hundreds of thousands of dollars less in financial aid from the state.

Tuesday night the city council heard about the city's finances for the end of the third quarter. Right now the city is around $100,000 ahead of budget, but city leaders put off buying some things until they knew what financial state the city would be in by the end of the year. The city is planning to be right on budget at the end of the year.

City Administrator Scott Huizenga said, “The hiring freeze we've had for much of the year and the capitol equipment freeze obviously played a roll in that, and I think department heads have made some really good decisions to keep the expenditures down to the point that despite the unanticipated costs we had from LGA, we're still showing a surplus.”

Tuesday night the council also voted to apply for a grant to build a new bike trail in Lafave Park.

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