Council drops levy to 3.3%

Preliminary budget had been set at 8.02%

By Per Peterson

The Tracy City Council on Monday set the tax levy for 2020 at 3.33%, which is down considerably from the preliminary budget of 8.02% set back at the end of September.

Expenditures in the 2020 budget include $2,667,122 in the General Fund, $904,055 for Public Safety, $623,416 for Public Works, $571,808 for General Government, $124,627 for Library, $94,075 for Recreation and $349,141 for “Other.”

Another $3,574,240 was levied for Public Enterprise: $963,887 for Licensing, $743,998 for Liquor, $561,180 for Utility-Sewer, $548,848 for Utility-Water, $145,027 for Aquatic Center Operations, $144,198 for Refuse Collection, $92,887 for Orchard Lane Apartments, $80,340 for Utility-Surcharge, $47,677, for the Multi-Purpose Center, $47,081 for O’Brien Court, $9,000 for Parks Improvement.

The debt service and bond funds total is $427,737.

The City Charter of Tracy requires a resolution setting forth the budget for the purpose of controlling expenditures by segregated departments for the operation of the City.

Tax levy dollars are collectible in 2020.

Also Monday, the council …

• approved the sale of the building at 106 3rd St. (the old Asian Market building). EDA Director Jeff Carpenter will write up the purchase agreement that will be shared with the EDA board. A Tracy man intends to open a laundromat in the building.

• approved licenses for Tracy Food Pride, Tracy Liquor Store, Casey’s and Dollar General (cigarette); The Caboose, Bonnie & Clyde’s, Tracy Eagles (liquor); plumbers’ licenses for Sahlstrom’s Heating, Waters Edge, Wilks Plumbing, GH Plumbing and ET Cooling; and an on-sale malt liquor license for Tracy Lanes.

• appointed April Lichty as Motor Vehicle DUR.

• approved snow hauling contracts.

• approved a change order for apron improvements at the airport. These improvements have already been done. The work involved replacing 320 feet of a 6-inch drain tile that was unknown to exist under the apron. The change order is a $5,300 increase in the contract amount.

• closed the meeting to discuss wages for Public Works employees.