City works on 2022 budget


HUNTINGBURG — Huntingburg’s proposed 2022 budget shouldn’t be much more than the 2021 budget.

As of now, the total proposal stands at $10,193,000, with $5,762,000 of that coming from tax revenue. That is a little less than 2021’s total of $10,276,000; $5,760,000 came through tax revenue.

Clerk-treasurer Tom Dippel said Friday that the tax rate will be around $1.14 per $100 of assessed value. That is less than that 2021 rate of $1.16 per $100 of assessed value.

The city’s assessed value has increased to about $203 million, more than last year’s $191 million. As more buildings and homes are constructed, those are put onto the tax rolls and are assessed a financial value.

Huntingburg Common Council members, Mayor Steve Schwinghamer and Dippel spent Thursday going through the proposed 2022 budget. They looked at each department’s budget proposal and discussed needs with department heads.

The council adjusted budgets as needed. Some of those adjustments included funding to pay an installment on police bodycam equipment and purchase two police vehicles, to work on the First Street fire station and to buy fire department equipment, to buy salt and other street preservation materials, to secure engineering work when needed, to help cover the cost of a transit minivan and to take care of League Stadium and ballfields. Council members are also looking at giving city employees a 5% pay raise.

The public hearing for the proposed 2022 budget will be held at the council’s Sept. 28 meeting. It will be considered for adoption at the council’s Oct. 12 meeting. Both meetings will start at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 508 E. Fourth Street. The budget proposal will be uploaded online and available at City Hall for review before then.

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