The New Ulm City Council has 3 public hearings on its agenda for this (TUE) evening, and is scheduled to give its final approval to New Ulm’s budget and tax levy for 2013. Next year’s proposed tax levy is a little-more than 4% increase over this year’s taxes. The city’s proposed budget for 2013 is 5% lower than this year’s. The public hearings on the agenda deal with a proposal to increase the city’s liquor license fees, a proposed tax abatement program to help Frontier Labs finance improvements on the site of a proposed agriculture testing facility, and one dealing with proposed alley improvements from 17th to 18th North Street between Broadway and State Street. The council is also scheduled to name 6 annual community celebrations as official “Community Events” for 2013, and will consider a resolution allowing the Narren of New Ulm to hang “colorful strips of decorative cloth” on Minnesota Street beginning the week of January 21st in observance of the season of Fasching. Today’s New Ulm City Council meeting begins at 5pm at City Hall.