A municipal budget committee at Fountain City planned to iron out wrinkles in a preliminary 2014 budget by using an estimated $58,000 from reserves to balance spending.
A proposed city tax levy of just over $157,000 was a 1.65 percent increase, according to Kevin Brady, chairman of the city council's finance and budget committee.
A preliminary budget showed Fountain City running a $70,000 deficit on 2013 spending and increased cost in labor by returning the city crew to three full-time employees.
Another price boost came in an annual state tariff on public fire protection service measured by hydrants and water line capability to meet quantity demands for extinguishing fires.
A plan on the budget table now included recommendations that the city council use $33,000 from reserve funds to pay the 2014 tariff and transfer an estimated $25,000 from reserves to employ a third full-time city laborer.