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Big Rapids City Commission approves 2022-2023 budget

The 2022-2023 fiscal year budget was approved by the Big Rapids City Commission on Monday. 


The budget is just over $31-million dollars. 


City Treasurer Aaron Kuhn noted some changes to the budget that starts on July 1st. 


I just wanted to comment on a couple of changes made since we talked last week so we increased the revenue and expense numbers for the Mechanic Street development to reflect the estimates given to us by the engineers, so we increased it from $1-million dollars to $1.2-million dollars, so that comes out to a net zero.” Kuhn said.  “Based on discussion we had about the marijuana fund distribution at the last meeting, we adjusted that revenue estimate to be half of what we've received in the current year, so we adjusted it down from where we have it at $500,000 to $340,000 then we included a revenue estimate for insurance refunds of $1,500.”


Kuhn told commissioners sanitation rates will be going up for Big Rapids residents. 


The City Commission approved an increased rate of 2.75% over last year which begins July 1st. 


Kuhn noted this is the last year the city is in a contract with Republic Services and will be bid out next spring.  


Water rates remain unchanged however, sewer rates will be increased $2.00 per month.

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