SARTELL -- With the year quickly drawing to an end, Sartell officials are already discussing the city's 2017 budget and levy.

During tonight's (Monday) city council meeting, the council was presented the second draft for the city's budget.

The preliminary budget is about $6.29-million, which is about $1,500 less than last year.

City Administrator Mary Degiovanni says the budget calls for adding a full time building inspector, a full time GIS/Engineering Tech and full time park employee, along with some funding for community center operations.

The levy is set for $5.95-million, which is almost a flat tax rate.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of the preliminary budget and levy.

Degiovanni says staff will continue to make additional cuts and have a more refined estimate before the final budget adoption in December.

A public hearing on the budget and levy is set for December 12th.