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Bettendorf 2023 Budget Final Adoption

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The city of Bettendorf will likely finish work on next year's budget Tuesday night. The city council is scheduled to hold a public hearing, then give its final approval.

City Administrator Decker Ploehn says the property tax rate will go down by 15 cents, but that'll be offset by rising property values and some small fee increases.

"On the average home which is now about 266,000 dollars it would mean about a 15 dollar a year tax increase, a little over a dollar a month. And with fees, it'll be a total of about 30 dollars."

The budget includes increases in sewer and stormwater fees, but no increase in the solid waste fee for most customers.

Bettendorf will also be able to hire 11 new employees, including three police officers and three firefighters. Ploehn says that's because the city will receive more money from the road use tax and sales tax because its population has grown.

"So if you gain people, you get more than what your allotment was the previous ten years. So for the next ten years we roughly got about a million and-a-half new dollars because our population numbers increased."

Bettendorf's population has increased nearly 18 per cent, or 6,000 people, during the past ten years, to 39,000.

Iowa requires city and county governments to submit their budgets to the state by March 31st each year, for the fiscal year that begins in July.