PELLA — The Pella City Council concluded its budgeting session during their meeting on Tuesday night.

During the meeting, the council reviewed presentations from the Pella Library, the Pella Police Department, Pella City Hall, and the Planning and Zoning Department. The different departments discussed the upcoming fiscal year and five-year capital improvement plans for their respective branch.

The council also reviewed the option to supplement funding for the Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has suffered from declining tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, a public hearing was scheduled on March 2 to approve the FY 2022 total maximum property tax collections.

If the tax rate was approved, it would be set as $10.01175 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for all non-debt service-related levys.

Inclusion of the debt service levy of .18825 brings the total levy amount to $10.20, which would continue the levy rate into the 20th consecutive year.

Another public hearing was scheduled for April 6 to approve a contract for infrastructure upgrades towards the Oostpoort Alleyway, which is estimated to cost $951,618.

Before going over the budgeting session, the council passed ordinances such as designating zoning for the Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District and amending the pud ordinance for property located at 2110 Idaho Dr.

The council also approved the audit for 2019-2020 fiscal year. The audit highlighted both governmental activities and business activities.

Sarah Stortz can be reached at sstortz@oskyherald.com.

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