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Published December 01, 2009, 10:11 PM

East Grand Forks Still Working On 2010 Budget

East Grand Forks City Council members were hoping to approve the budget for 2010 tonight, but that didn't happen.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

East Grand Forks City Council members were hoping to approve the budget for 2010 tonight, but that didn't happen.

East Grand Forks city officials attempted to approve the 2010 budget, but last minute suggestions led to a delay.

An increase in property taxes of 4.6% was on the agenda for approval.

However, council member Marc Demers proposed taxes be raised by about eight percent to avoid a larger increase in 2011.

This eight percent increase is still significantly lower than the original proposal in August of 12.8%.

East Grand Forks City Administrator Scott Huizenga said, "The amendment that the council passed increased the levy by 100,000 thousand dollars. How that translates to property owners is rather than a 4.6% levy increase, it will be an 8.4% increase."

East Grand Forks City Council President Dick Grassel added that, "The amendment passed but I do believe the mayor is going to veto it because there was two votes against it."

The eight-percent is an increase in total taxes and most residents will only see an increase of three-and-a-half percent.

The Mayor has until next week to veto the amended proposal.

If he chooses to do so, the issue will be revisited at the next council meeting.

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