GC council hears budget proposals from city departments

Michaela Kendall

Representatives from the Grundy Center Fire Department, EMS Department, Police Department, library and more presented their annual budget requests to the city council during Monday night’s meeting.
For the most part, budgets are set to remain just about the same, with no major changes across the board, except for slight increases in wages and operating costs.
GC Ambulance Chief Dwight Gliem said his department wouldn’t be seeing any major changes, noting that the only increase is in revenue and wages, which evens it all out.
“Our calls have gone up meaning revenue has gone up, but costs go up too with more calls,” he said. “We had 1,030 calls last year, so it was a good year for us. We’re pretty glad to have that second medic though, because we would’ve had to turn down close to 150 to 175 calls if we didn’t, so it’s paid for itself having them on board.”
Gliem says his department has been providing mutual aid to pretty much every town in the county, and even neighboring areas like Eldora and Gladbrook - keeping them very busy - though he says he doesn’t foresee calls going up much more in the next year.
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