The Jamestown City Council gave final approval to the 2020 budget and certified the city mill levy for the upcoming tax year at its regular meeting Monday evening.

Councilman Steve Brubakken said the council should slow future tax increases, noting the city of Jamestown had increased property taxes last year and sales tax in the upcoming year.

No member of the public spoke regarding the 2020 Jamestown budget.

The Jamestown city mill rate will remain steady at about 136.98 mills. That amounts to about $616 in tax per $100,000 in value for a residence in Jamestown.

The Jamestown city sales tax will climb from 2% to 2.5% as of Jan. 1. The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner estimates a half percent of sales tax costs the average family earning about $50,000 per year about $66 each year. The budget also includes a 5% increase for city utilities such as water, sewer and garbage to begin on Jan. 1.

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The additional sales tax is estimated to generate about $1.3 million per year and will be used to cover expenses of the Jamestown Civic Center and infrastructure costs in Jamestown.

In other business, the City Council noted the retirement of longtime city street foreman Harold Sad.

"He was very dedicated to his job and to the city," said Mayor Dwaine Heinrich.

The City Council then approved the promotion of Richard Lipetzky to the position.

Brubakken said Lipetzky had 30 years of experience as an equipment operator for the city of Jamestown and had been second to Sad within the department since 2016.

Lipetzky will earn $5,953 per month in his new position.

The City Council also approved the demolition of a damaged storage building on 1100 Railroad Drive. The building is owned by the city of Jamestown and had been damaged by snow last winter.

Tom Blackmore, Jamestown building inspector, said he was unable to locate any contractors that could work on a repair project yet this fall. The city will now advertise for bids for the structure's demolition.