New Biennial Budget Approved by Beatrice City Council

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice has a new biennial budget, approved by the Beatrice City Council, Tuesday night.

It proposes expenses of about $44.8 million in the first year, and $42.16 million the second year.

The property tax rate will hold steady at 35.2 cents the first year, with a slight decline the following year.  There was no public comment during a hearing on the City and Beatrice Board of Public Works budgets, last night.

Councilman Ted Fairbanks says the cost of running city government has changed significantly over the years.

:40                  “working on it”

On the capital improvements part of the budget, City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the city recently learned a Nebraska Game and Parks grant was received to assist in Hannibal Park improvements.

:26                  “move forward”

There’s also capital construction funding for either improvements at the Big Blue Water Park, or to construct a splash pad at a location in the city.  Another project is completing the trail section between Trailhead Park at 2nd and Court, and the Dempster Industries property.

Tempelmeyer says it’s hoped the city can begin construction on a trail section between the water park to Hannibal Park…a long-discussed project that’s been delayed several years.

The city council also approved amending the past budget to account for additional expenses…..mostly some one million dollars for the contamination site clean-up at 1st and Market, where a former coal gas plant once operated.

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