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Bemidji City Council to discuss 2023 tax levy

The Bemidji City Council is set to examine preliminary plans for the 2023 budget, including setting a benchmark for the city’s levy during its meeting tonight, Monday, Aug. 8.

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BEMIDJI — Tonight's work session of the Bemidji City Council will see continued discussion on the 2023 Financial Management Plan, ranging from reviewing the city budget’s needs to providing direction on the amount of a preliminary tax levy.

The information included in the packet for the meeting recommends a city levy increase of around 4% to cover various cost increases. The council is set to provide direction on the levy before it is finalized in December.

Not included in this proposed levy increase are some items and projects that the council has discussed but that it hasn’t received a cost estimate for.

These include questions surrounding city hall and the fire department, as well as the infrastructure costs for the potential development of the railroad corridor. The estimate also does not take into account the rising cost of inflation.

The city council meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. tonight, Aug. 8, at City Hall.

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