Council approves no mill increase for 2012 budget

The De Soto City Council approved a $7.5 million budget for 2012 that will not call for a mill levy increase during the council meeting Thursday evening.

A public hearing regarding the budget opened the council meeting but no members of the public came forward to speak. The council then approved the budget with a 4-0 vote, Councilman John Krudwig was absent.

The council and Mayor Dave Anderson also approved the recommendation from the De Soto Planning Commission to re-zone a parcel of land at intersection of Penner and Lexington Avenues from R-3 multi-family residential to C-2 business general for future use by Dollar General. Councilman Randy Johnson was the only opposing vote. The Planning Commission will meet on this coming Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. to discuss a sign height variance request from Dollar General and to review their proposed site plan. This meeting is open to the public.

Other council actions included amending the city zoning regulations regarding fences, walls and retaining walls on private property and granting the Prairie Traditional Archers Club a temporary use permit for a shooting competition at Widow Big Knife Park.

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