Wartburg passes budget

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By Michelle Hollenhead

After two weeks of meetings, Wartburg’s city budget was approved last week with no job cuts.
However, the council did elect to bring two full time positions down to part-time to save costs and jobs.
Wartburg Mayor Jonathan Dagley said the exact positions being cut down to part time will be determined this week.
“It is a tough spot to be in, but I’m not going to cut a job,” he said Friday.
Dagley and the Council wrestled with cutting $52,000 from the 2017-18 budget when they realized the first payment would be due next fiscal year on $150,000 borrowed to purchase the former Regions Bank building. That building will serve as the new City Hall, and will also house offices for the police department, public works and PUD.
Cuts included city employees’ Christmas bonuses, raises and the two full-time positions being cut down to part-time.
“The city already runs on a very tight budget,” Dagley said. “But we also operate at a very low cost. We don’t get city property taxes – only city sales tax and beer tax.”
Despite that, Dagley said he believes Wartburg has experienced many positives.
“Changes over the last three years have been the most the city has ever seen, and even more good things are near,” he said.
“We have surplussed land out, for the first time in 20 years, we are growing the city limits.”
He said the work has been a joint effort
“I really have to commend our board ­­— they are doing a wonderful job.
“Everyone’s number one goal is to better the city of Wartburg, and I know we are all going in the same direction.”