Minot 2020 budget approved on first reading

MINOT, N.D. - The Minot City Council voted Monday night to approve on first reading the 2020 budget.

While the budget is considerably larger in amount than this year's—roughly $95 million more—Minot property owners would likely see a slight decrease in their taxes.

Alderman Josh Wolsky proposed three separate amendments to the budget that all failed.

One amendment was to reallocate $200,000 to the Minot Downtown Business and Professionals Association.

However, the city's Finance Director pointed out that moving the money around would jeopardize whether the city would be able to pay the salary of the economic development specialist, a position they are looking to fill by the end of the year.

“There are many different ways to address this in even the near term, but I think we need to have a deeper discussion with the president of the Downtown Business Professionals prior to allocating a significant amount of money,” said Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma.

The budget still needs to be approved on second reading.