The Ankeny City Council has approved a $136 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, funded in large part by a property tax levy that is reduced to $10.35 per $1,000 of assessed value from $10.75. The reduction is in the general and debt service levies. This is the sixth consecutive year that the city has lowered its property tax rate, according to a release. The budget is made up of operating expenses of $95 million and capital improvements of $41 million. The budget includes the addition of 10.92 new full-time-equivalent employees, including additional staff for the new Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library. Other new positions include two patrol officers, a police sergeant, a police criminal intelligence analyst, a public services manager, a park maintenance technician, an equipment operator, an engineering technician, a part-time administrative clerk and a part-time accounting clerk. Capital improvements include renovation of the former library to serve as the new city-owned Public Services Building, South Ankeny Boulevard and Southeast Shurfine/Southwest Prairie Trail Parkway intersection improvements, Northeast 54th Street bridge replacement and trail connection, High Trestle Trail extension and Southeast Creekview Drive drainage and paving improvements. The budget also includes a 7 percent increase in water usage rates and an anticipated 75 cent per month increase in solid waste rates.