Austin city leaders discuss levy


AUSTIN, Minn. — Austin city officials are re-evaluating their levy decrease after a change to the levy limit law in place for 2014.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently came out with clarifications for the law.

Instead of being mandated to decrease the levy to eliminate debt service levies, the option allows cities to increase the levy to allow for additional debt service levies.

Austin city leaders tell us the council will be contemplating three options moving forward.

“So the council has to make the determination as to do they just leave with the decisions they’ve made, do they want to leave themselves a little room, it can always go down a little bit or do they want to go to the max?,” Austin City Administrator Jim Hurm said.

Hurm says if the levy is raised, they can always make the decision later on to lower it if they choose.

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