No budget action was taken at the special city meeting held Monday, March 20, but the city and the Karlstad Fire Department (KFD) did plan a public information meeting to answer questions on the fire hall project or other fire department activities.
Last Monday’s meeting was held for the council to review the city budget and determine whether or not there was room to continue giving funds to the Park Board plus provide funds toward the fire hall project.
The 2017 city budget has already been approved. The council reviewed the approved budget and discussed possibilities for next year’s budget and where to collect funds for both potential upcoming projects.
The Park Board had asked the city to continue giving $20,000 per year toward the projects. The Park Board also plans to re-apply for a grant in hopes of funding the splash park. If the grant is approved, it would require an addition $22,000 to make up the matching fund total. The council reviewed the city’s budget and considered the possibility of being able to provide the remainder needed, should the grant be approved.
The council also considered the cost of the proposed addition to the fire hall. Unofficial estimates bring the total expansion project to around $230-250,000.
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