Bemidji Council discusses budget and policy issues

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council discussed some budget and policy issues that the city may face next year.

If two law enforcement grants aren’t renewed, the levy may increase by four-point-six percent. The council will find out if the two grants will be renewed before the next budget meeting.

Each grant represents a little more than one percent of the potential levy increase.

Next year, the city will also annex part of Northern Township as part of a long-standing agreement.

While no property taxes will be collected next year, there are still expenses to serve the newly annexed portion of the city, as said by Mayor Rita Albrecht.

Mayor of Bemidji Rita Albrecht

The city will see if another police officer is necessary in 2021 to serve the newly annexed portion.

The next budget discussions include a meeting in August, setting the preliminary tax levy and budget in September, and then adopting a final levy and budget in December. 

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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