City Certifies Maximum Tax Levy/Holds Budget Hearing

It is budget time for the cities in Iowa.  Due to new legislation, cities are required to hold two public hearings prior to approving a new budget.  All cities must pass a resolution establishing the maximum property tax dollars to certify for the levy, as defined in Section 384.15A of the state code.   The new legislation also created a 2% threshold that applies to the revenue derived from certain levies.  If the city’s planned revenue growth from those levies increases by more than 2%, as did the City of Huxley, the council must pass a resolution by at least two-thirds of the members.  Along with the new resolution, all cities must post notification and hold an additional public hearing and vote on the maximum property tax dollars to certify for the levy. Once the maximum property tax dollars resolution is adopted, the city can proceed to adopt the annual city budget. The entire process must be completed by March 31, 2021 and approved budgets are submitted to the Department of Management.  Below is the link to the public hearing and approved resolution.

Maximum Tax Levy Hearing Notice/Resolutions

City Plans for Expansion of Water Treatment Facility

Huxley Residents,

This summer brought us the City’s first water conservation order back in July. The decision was made by City Council due to nearing inability to keep up with production at the plant with the high level of usage.

What we tried to provide on the city’s website, social media and citizen calls the last few months was an explanation of what had occurred and what we were working through.

We are bringing some additional information on the work that’s been done on this matter since this spring and placing it in a prominent and easily accessible place on our website.  Please follow the links below!  This issue will be on the City Council agenda again on September 22nd.

Contact us with any questions!

City Administrator’s Council Communication

WTP Expansion Handout at 5.12.20 Work Session

WTP Expansion Handout at 8.25.20 Council Meeting

Graph of Huxley Water Treatment Plant Pumpage from 2018 to 2020.

Huxley Debt Book

 

 

 

 

 

City Eases Emergency Water Conservation

Huxley Residents:

Your teamwork with us on water conservation efforts the last several weeks has been much appreciated! Community water usage and water production at the treatment plant have been stable and balanced. We’ve been watching the weather conditions closely to see when we could consider easing the conservation order.

On August 25th, City Council acted to ease the current conservation order on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning August 31.

What does this mean?

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, residents are able to use water as they did before the conservation order went into effect. Irrigation, gardening, trees, plants, sprinklers for the kids and pools can all occur.

These days were chosen to try to ease us back to more “normal” water usage and provide Tuesdays and Thursdays and weekends for recovery at the plant.

Will the conservation order go back into effect again?

It could, yes. If the volume of community water usage again exceeds the ability to produce necessary levels at the plant and keep water in the tower for emergencies, the order would go back into place until things are safe again. Our recommendation is to proceed with water usage with conservation

What if I have questions?

Call City Hall at 515-597-2561

Thanks!