The Pine River City Council approved its general revenue tax levy and budget for 2019 at its Tuesday, Dec. 11, meeting, deciding not to change the preliminary levy adopted in September.
The council approved a levy of $481,540. That is a $3,532 (or 1 percent) increase over this year's levy of $478,008. The increase was made to cover general operational cost increases for the city.
In other business Dec. 11, the council:
• Set public hearings for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, just before the 6 p.m. regular council meeting, to address a conditional use permit for construction of the Faith Assembly of God Church on the original church property, and to address a zoning ordinance amendment pertaining to commercial district C-1 property sizes.
• Approved a request to suspend revolving loan payments for Alan Bauman until March.
• Approved three resolutions to qualify for Department of Employment and Economic Development grant funds to help with water tower rehabilitation. The first resolution prohibits the use of force by law enforcement against nonviolent civil rights demonstrations. The second is an anti-displacement and relocation assistance plan in case people are displaced by the water tower repair. The third pertains to the city announcing it will attempt to recruit low-income business owners into the water tower project.
• Approved an annual designation of polling places in the city.
• Approved parking permits for two city residents.
• Approved donations from Lakes Pharmacy and the Central Lakes Rotary Club.
• Approved an off-sale license for Holiday.
• Accepted donation of hockey helmets for lending at the city skating rink.