The Sioux Center City Council approved the 2017-18 city budget with a slightly lower tax levy.
After a public hearing on March 8, the council approved a levy of $11.80 per taxable $1,000. The prior year’s city levy was $11.82.
“We are pleased to see once again a slight reduction in the city tax levy for the upcoming year,” City Manager Scott Wynja said. "The City of Sioux Center is in good financial condition, and we continue to be fiscally responsible our spending."
City taxes are only about 35 percent of residents’ property tax bill. The total bill also includes taxes levied by the county, local school and Northwest Iowa Community College.
Sioux Center’s tax levy remains low compared to similar-sized communities, according to City Finance Director Darryl Ten Pas.
City Manager Wynja said the budget includes a number of improvements and capital projects for 2017-18.
"This allows us to continue to provide high quality services to the community,” Wynja said. "We continue to promote economic growth and betterment in all aspects."
Some highlights from the 2017-18 city budget include replacing the east shelter house at Children’s Park, replacing the 1960s lighting at the football field, and overlaying various city streets.
In addition, the budget may include engineering expenses for Highway 75 improvements if the Iowa Department of Transportation approves them for its next five-year plan.