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Stewart council approves final property tax levy

The city of Stewart increased its property tax levy by a half percent, amounting to just over $2,000 more than last year. The city is levying for a total amount of $420,939.
Stewart being one of the only cities in McLeod County to have a budget surplus of approximately $17,000, Mayor Jason Peirce suggested the council look at pouring that money into a street maintenance account that was cut by $30,000 to recoup some of the losses.
Last month, Stewart councilors approved the preliminary levy at 3 percent, knowing they likely wouldn’t need the full amount, to keep enough wiggle room for unexpected impacts to the budget.

(For the complete story, see the Dec. 11 print edition of The Chronicle.)