Saerbeck, Germany's Project Manager Guido Wallraven (l), City Manager Blaine Hill (c) and newly hired Sustainability Project Coordinator Sandeep Kotala. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

             The Morris City Council is bracing for a tough budget year ahead because of the pandemic.

            City manager Blaine Hill presented the Preliminary Budget and Levy at last night’s meeting. He says while money this year is set, the first half of next year’s Local Government Aid, which makes up 60 percent of the city’s revenue, won’t be set until the conclusion of the next legislative session. He says as state lawmakers will be dealing with a large deficit there may be a move for shared budget cutting in all state programs.  

            Hill has proposed a Preliminary Levy increase of 3 percent for $1,657,255 dollars. The 2021 Preliminary Budget, which includes all funds, was 1.9 percent higher at $11,517,665 dollars. Both proposed resolutions were approved by the council.

            A Truth in Taxation hearing for public discussion will be held on December 8 at 6 p.m.

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