Baldwin City administrator’s proposed 2021 budget would leave mill levy, utility rates unchanged

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Baldwin City Hall, 803 Eighth St.

Baldwin City residents would see neither a property tax increase nor utility rate hikes under the 2021 budget that City Administrator Glenn Rodden is proposing.

The Baldwin City Council will consider approving Rodden’s proposed 2021 budget for publication at its meeting Tuesday. Should the City Council take that action, it would set a public hearing on the budget and then consider it for final approval at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Baldwin City Public Library, 800 Seventh St.

The proposed budget would hold the mill levy steady at 44.752 mills. At that level, the city’s share of property taxes on a $200,000 home would be $1,029.

Of the overall city mill levy, 32.179 mills would produce $1.169 million in revenue for the city’s general fund. The budget would also provide $241,460 for the Baldwin City Public Library and $69,979 for cemetery operations.

In addition, the 2021 budget does not include any rate increases for city water, sewer or electric customers, Rodden said.

The budget would fund a 1% cost of living raise for city employees and merit raises of up to 2%, Rodden said. There are no new city staff positions proposed in the 2021 budget, he said.


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