2022 Sanford Center annual budget approved, readings of ordinances held at City Council meeting

The Bemidji City Council approved the 2022 Sanford Center annual budget in their meeting Monday.

The operating deficit for the year is projected to be about $451,000.

The council also continued the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s rental code, with a number of changes pending relating to the renter conduct section.  As written, the city’s Crime Free Housing/Three Strike system is still in there. By continuing the ordinance/amendment process, the first reading will likely occur at the next council meeting.  A public hearing would then follow at the second reading.

The council also held the third and final reading forming the sustainability committee and held the first reading of an ordinance adopting the 2023 amended fee schedule.

The council also approved the assessment rolls for the 2022 Street Renewal Project, with one person from St. Phillip’s approaching the council during the public hearing.

The church was assessed $30,000 for its linear-foot frontage of a cemetery. The parishioner asked if there was a way for the council to give more advanced notice for budgeting purposes.

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