The city of Canton addressed the upcoming tax levy at the regular December council meeting held last Wednesday.

The proposed budget was reviewed and it was decided to approve the final budget reflecting a 4 percent increase to the 2013 budget.

Prior to approval, discussion on the needs of the city were reviewed. In order to cover the expected loss of LGA funds, a 3 percent increase would be needed. This would not allow any additional funds to cover anticipated street repairs or unexpected emergencies. The 4 percent increase is expected to cover these items and was approved. It was also noted the tax statements city residents have received from the county for the upcoming year reflect a 7 percent increase, therefore their actual tax statements sent out in the spring will show a lower amount for the city portion.

Approval was given to the meeting night change from the first Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month, starting with the upcoming January meeting, now scheduled to be held Jan. 9, 2013. This change was discussed at length at the November council meeting.

Changing the meeting date by one week would allow for city bills to be received and presented to the council. As the meeting sits now, there are frequently some bills that have not been received by the first Wednesday of the month.

Updates from Jon Nordsving, from the city's maintenance department, included the discussion on the televising of well one, anticipated to cost over $10,000. This cost would include an estimated $1,800 to televise, according to numbers submitted by Tim McCarthy. It was decided to take no action on the matter at this time, since the pump is not currently a problem.

Nordsving also stated that there were sewer line repairs completed within the city. There was difficulty associated with this repair in locating the exact problem area and Nordsving reported that he had to dig an additional 10 feet before he was able to reach the section of sewer needing repair. He stated that a camera would have been useful in this instance as well as in future repairs as sewer lines continue to be a problem in the city. Nordsving will bring quotes to the next council meeting for the costs of a camera.

Nordsving reported that Larry Hosting is retiring from the Canton fire department. The council expressed gratitude to Hosting for his years of service.

Approval for two new fire department members of the department, James Tweten and Tyler Newman, was given. Nordsving reported that both will be attending Fire Fighter One training.

The fire department officers were reviewed. They are Jon Nordsving, chief; Randy Gossman, assistant chief; Jim Davis, secretary; and Dan Gulbranson, treasurer and training officer.

Mayor Donivee Johnson and Council members Carl Ernst and Cindy Shanks were sworn in for their new terms beginning in 2013. Certificates of election were issued to the three re-elected city officers.