The New Ulm City Council held it’s first budget hearing Tuesday evening as it prepares to approve a final budget for 2012. New Ulm’s property tax levy is tentatively set to increase by 15% next year. New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman says other taxes are going up as well due to changes made by the Legislature, and that the city’s budget will still need to be reduced to make up for that. The New Ulm City Council heard several proposals for trimming the budget and reducing the city’s tax levy during Tuesday’s budget hearing. Ideas range from Police Department reductions, leaving the Assistant City Manager position unfilled, to across-the-board cuts. The Council has until December 20th to approve the final levy and budget. The next budget meeting will be next Tuesday, December 13th at 6pm at New Ulm City Hall.