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2010 budget and levy hearing


Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The county board held a public hearing on the Fillmore County 2010 proposed budget and levy as required by state statute on December 1. County Coordinator Karen Brown noted the Minnesota legislature's requirement for a Truth in Taxation Hearing as a separate meeting had been changed to the requirement of a public hearing to be held as part of a regular board meeting. The board recessed their regular meeting after 5 p.m. and reconvened at 7:00 p.m. for the hearing. Brown explained the process the board used to arrive at a budget. The final 2010 budget and levy will be considered for adoption on December 22. The county levy is capped at this point and can only be adopted at the 1.01 percent increase or less.

The fact that there was no comment from the public probably suggests the public was not negatively shocked by their proposed property tax statements for 2010 received recently. The total proposed levy on the taxable property in the county payable in 2010 is $7,916,774.

Brown noted the budget is 1.5 percent or $362,929 lower. However, the levy will be increased by 1.01 percent or $78,913. This figure reflects the use of $295,000 of the county fund balance. The state's share of the levy is down by $263,522 which includes the projected un-allocation of Minnesota County Program Aid in the amount of $215,310. Commissioner Duane Bakke clarified that the board is anticipating this reduction in state aid, but Governor Tim Pawlenty could change that number. Brown said the board has levied below the maximum allowable imposed by the state for Fillmore County.

The board recognizes that further un-allotments by the state may force additional adjustments. Sheriff Daryl Jensen remarked that he hated the thought of any un-allotment more than the $215,310. He recognizes that many of the savings implemented by the county are short term fixes. Chairman Chuck Amunrud agreed saying delays in computer and vehicle replacements can only help in the short term and eventually replacements will need to be purchased. Brown added road improvement delays only can provide short term relief.

Commissioner Randy Dahl noted the redesign efforts will help more over time. He said Fillmore County is one of the most successful in the state in its efficiency in delivering social services. Dahl suggested this improvement in efficiency is also evident in the sheriff and solid waste departments.

Brown stated charges for county services, a revenue sourc .....
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CUPs approved for EcoHarmony west wind and Scheevel feedlot

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another hurdle was crossed with the recommended approval of two Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for EcoHarmony West Wind, LLC, at the November 19 meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission.

Project Manager Don Miller, who has an office ..... 
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Spring Valley renews Mutual Aid Agreement

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night was pretty low keyed and dealt mainly with housekeeping issues.

A Mutual Aid Agreement was renewed between the city and Gold Cross Ambulance. The agreement includes Gold Cross Ambulance ..... 
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Chatfield offers services of wastewater operator to Fountain

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council adopted a resolution offering operator services at the Fountain Wastewater Treatment Plant at their November 23 meeting. City Clerk Joel Young said they have been working with the city of Fountain for several months to det ..... 
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State officials provide details on veteran cemetery proposal

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government



Deputy Commissioner Minnesota Veteran Affairs Michael Pugliese and David Swantek, Minnesota Veteran Affairs, Little Falls Cemetery, presented information and answered questions at the November 24 board meeting. State Senator Sharon Erickson- ..... 
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Rushford city council concludes with surprise resolution proposal

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

With another nearly-packed room, the council nailed down several agenda items at the Monday, November 23rd, meeting. However, an impromptu proposal that was put forth shortly before adjournment, garnered puzzled looks and whispers from the audience, ..... 
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Lanesboro approves final Outdoor and Refuse Burning Ordinance

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent some time looking over the 2010 budget during their meeting on November 16. The final budget will have to be approved in December.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said Lanesboro's tax capacity went up fiv ..... 
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Rushford Village continues discussion on zoning

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The November 3, 2009, regular meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Elizabeth Atkinson, and Roger Ekern. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion, Zoning Administrator ..... 
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Preston starts process for 2010 street reconstruction

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Works Director Bill Cox discussed the city's recommendation for 2010 street improvements at the council's November 13 meeting. The council approved a resolution to begin the process to have the city engineer provide a cost estimate with a fea ..... 
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