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Earlier this year, Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary met with Keith Hunke, City Administrator and discussed what a budget with five percent cuts and efficiencies would look like - one that would continue the exceptional delivery systems everyone has come to know and expect. “We are nationally recognized for the quality of our city services, in the top 100 best places to live, top 10 best run cities, top 10 best state capitals to live, start a business and more. We must continue to balance the public’s interest while considering the services that are most essential and then take a look at how we can provide those with five percent cuts and or efficiencies,” said Mayor Seminary.Additionally, for the last four years, other than on the value of your home, the citizens share of property taxes in Bismarck have not gone up. “We’ve done this by conservatively managing the tools voters gave us and by how we’ve balanced the requests that come to the budget table,” said Mayor Seminary. “As we move forward with the budget process staff must think this way and place an even greater emphasis on finding efficiencies.”For more information, visit www.bismarcknd.gov.