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October 2, 2012

NT mayor releases 2013 budget plan

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The mayor said he also plans to add 1,000 35-gallon recycling totes to the residential portfolio, at a cost of $25,000, after a surge in demand. 

Council President Rich Andres, who said he and the council have only seen a preliminary version of the budget, said he is in favor of many of the measures Ortt initially presented, particularly holding the line on taxes. But would make some amendments. 

Chief among his concerns is a $1.2 million increase in health insurance and pension costs, though he said much of the blame for the jump can be attributed to uncontrolled market rates. He also pointed to the fact that all of the city unions have given concessions for both. 

Andres said he’d would like to see even more investment in the city’s roadways as well as dozens of trees added to Oliver Street as an early effort to resuscitate the street that once stood as the Lumber City’s commercial center. 

Overall, Andres cited Ortt’s reputation as a fiscal hawk as reassuring to the council as a whole, despite the likelihood that there will be changes to the budget. The council had little input in the current budgetary design.  

“The mayor really does take the idea of his budget versus our budget seriously,” Andres said. “He does his budget then we go through it and see if we agree.” 

Ortt will give a presentation before the council tonight. 

 

 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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