March 03, 2021

Fontanelle council sets budget hearing for March meeting

FONTANELLE — The Fontanelle City Council will take its fiscal year 2022 budget to a public hearing at the group’s March 8 meeting.

According to City Clerk Amanda Held, the budgeting season begins around the beginning of December in order for it to ready for the council’s consideration in January. The council passed a resolution that included the max levy rate at their Feb. 8 meeting that was previously printed in the Fontanelle Observer.

Held said that state code now requires that the council approve the max levy rate first before the budget is considered for approval, which gives the public more time to examine the numbers of the proposal.

Held said that this year’s budgeting process and the financial needs of the city were not out of line or unusual from previous years.

In other city business, the council:

• approved participation with the Southern Iowa Council of Governments for hte upcoming year

• approved a water revenue loan

• approved handbook changes

• will reconsider a building permit at 423 Washington St. in March after the Iowa DOT is consulted on distance between the building and Washington Street.

• voted to split economic development funds in three directions, to the Fontanelle Enterprise Club, Fontanelle Lions Club and the Summerset Citizens 4-H Club.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.