The Sleepy Eye City Council approved the city’s preliminary property tax levy and city budget for 2013 Tuesday evening. The just-under 2% increase in the levy is an around $22,000 hike from this year’s Sleepy Eye tax levy. The preliminary levy amount can still be lowered prior to it’s final approval in December, but may not go any higher. The proposed budget for Sleepy Eye for 2013 is around $3.4-million, an around $86,000 increase over 2012. In other business, Tuesday, the Sleepy Eye City Council approved $1.4-million in 25-year General Obligation Bonds. The money will be used to finance the extension of sanitary sewer, water and storm sewer services to the undeveloped former Snow Farm property on the east edge of Sleepy Eye where the city hopes to construct an industrial park. The council also awarded Heiderscheidt Digging the bid to demolish a home on West Main Street next to the Freedom Mart. The low bid came in at just-over $12,700.