The New Ulm City Council is scheduled to give the final approval to the city’s budget and tax levy for 2014 this (TUE) evening. During its meeting earlier this month, the council allocated additional funds for several items, including a fireworks display for a fall festival, after additional funds were made available due to a less-than-expected increase in health insurance. Funding was restored to pre-recession levels for several city-sponsored organizations such as the New Ulm Battery and Municipal Band as well. These changes will not affect the tax levy for 2014, which will be a 3% increase over 2013. In other business today, the New Ulm City Council will consider approval of a 2% wage increase for non-unionized, full-time city employees, and will receive a report on regulations for recycling and shredder operations in other Minnesota cities. The data was requested following noise complaints about the metal shredder at New Ulm Steel and Recycling. The city council meeting starts at 5pm today at New Ulm City Hall.