The Marysville City Council met in regular session Monday evening. Included in city business was a report on sales tax earnings. Sales tax collected for the month of January was $70,351, up slightly from January of 2009. The council reviewed the budget status up to the current time and included a report by Rick Shain, City Administrator concerning financial issues. In the report, Shain informed the council members that the general fund has grown 70% since 1999 and overall expenses have grown over 270 percent during that time. Taxes levied in 2010 are $1,667,857, an increase of nearly 250 percent from taxes in 1999. Due to increasing expenditures Shain provided the council with several ideas to discuss. Included in these ideas were: Imposing a 5% fee on the transmission of natural gas to customers in Marysville. The customers are Landolls, St. Gregory’s, Community Memorial Hospital and USD 364. An increase in building permit fees, a review and adjustment of all fees for services such as pet licenses, building permits, inspection fees, etc.
The council approved financing $122,800 with Citizen’s State Bank of Marysville for the purchase of a new street sweeper. The cost of the sweeper is $159,906 minus a credit for the trade-in of the current sweeper for $37,106.
The council also approved the city absorbing an increase of 8.9% in health insurance premiums for city employees. They did defer any decision on wages until March when the dental insurance premiums should be known.