Pella Chronicle

Local News

March 14, 2013

Council approves FY13-14 budget

Following a public hearing, the Pella City Council approved a resolution to adopt the FY 2013-14.

In February, special budget work sessions were held with the City Council to discuss the FY 13-14 Budget. Listed below are highlights of the proposed FY 13-14 Budget, which include all City operations:

- The City’s FY 13-14 Budget totals $41,547,122. The expenses include $19,719,943 for operating expenses; $7,184,174 for compensation & benefits; $259,434 for developer reimbursements;

$1,871,148 for debt; and $12,512,423 for capital improvements. The overall budget has a projected drawdown of fund balance of $ 1,034,025 which is attributed mainly to funding capital improvements with cash on hand.

- For the twelfth consecutive year, the City’s property tax rate will remain at $10.20 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. In comparing us to similar sized communities, the City ofPella has one of the lowest tax rates in the State.

- The FY 13-14 Budget includes $300,000 of funding for engineering services for a new Jordan well. The new well is a part of the City’s long-term water supply plan which includes the new Jordan well and a 3.0 million gallon reverse osmosis treatment process. The estimated cost of the plan is $12.6 million.

- The proposed budget includes funding for the community sports park, which is tentatively scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. It is important to note, 58 percent of the $6.0 million construction budget is being funded by private donations. The remaining 42 percent or $2.5 million is being funded by local option funds.

-The FY 13-14 Budget includes $376,873 of funding for engineering design services for the Oskaloosa Street Reconstruction Project and improvements to five to eight residential streets. The tentative plan is to reconstruct Oskaloosa Street from Prairie Street to E. 16th Street. This project is estimated to cost $2.2 million with the reconstruction scheduled to occur in the summer and fall of 2014. It is important to note, these projects are in accordance with the City’s strategic plan to upgrade the City’s street network by repairing 25 percent of our lane miles over the next twelve years.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0422 Eagle photo On a wing and a prayer

    LAKE RED ROCK — Protective gloves aren’t uncommon when dealing with a sick patient, though they’re not usually heavy, leather welder’s gloves. But, then, the patient usually doesn’t have toenails designed to puncture flesh. Or a sharp beak. Diane Mas

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Live entertainment slated for Tulip Time This year's line-up for Festhouden, which will begin at 7 p.m. each evening of Tulip Time, has been announced. Festhouden will take place on the Tulip Toren located on the south side of Pella's square. Grandstand tickets for Festhouden and the evenin

    April 16, 2014

  • Vermeer award photo Vermeer receives consecutive NAEDA Dealer's Choice Award Recently, the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) released its annual Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey and Dealer's Choice Awards. For the second consecutive year, Vermeer Corporation was awarded "Dealer's Choice" in the Ag/ Shor

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • South Central Regional audit released Van Maanen, Sietstra & Meyer, PC, Certified Public Accountants recently released an audit report on the South Central Regional Airport Agency, Pella, Iowa. The Agency's revenues totaled $81,986 for the year ended June 30, 2013, the first year of the

    April 16, 2014

  • Eagle photo Bald eagle program, release at Lake Red Rock April 19 Come to Red Rock Visitor Center at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, to learn about eagles in Iowa and why we’re still talking about the impacts of lead on wildlife and people. Helping with the program will be Thora, SOAR’s education ambassador eagle. Co

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Easter2 Easter Egg Hunt The annual Pella Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, April 12 in Central Park. Nice weather greeted children of all ages for the event. The Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by Kiwanis and the Community 1st Credit Union. More photos on Page 8. (Photos by

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Patient advocate - Helping surgery patients navigate insurance maze The rules of insurance are always changing and are frequently challenging for patients to understand. At Pella Regional Health Center, new positions have been added to help patient be informed and understand the financial impact of surgical procedur

    April 16, 2014

  • Construction Trades pic 1 Marion County building permits on the rise

    It's expected to be a busy construction season around Marion County. According to County Zoning Administrator Missy Poffenbarger, her office has issued 17 building permits since March 18. 

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burn ban to be lifted at 11 a.m.

    Marion County's burn ban will be lifted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14. 

    April 14, 2014

  • Reeds.jpg Bussey pair facing several charges

    Two Bussey residents are charged in a pair of thefts in Otley and Pella on April 5 and April 11. 

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

Features
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Obituaries