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Preston reviews first draft of 2013 budget


Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented a draft of the 2013 budget compiled from departmental requests at the council’s August 22 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. The meeting was held in the fire hall due to the ongoing remodeling of city hall.

Hoffman noted the Market Value Credit had been eliminated for 2012, so the city will not be receiving those funds, but the city is expected to receive $484,980 in Local Government Aid from the state which would be the same amount as last year.

The budget includes a 1.75 percent cost of living increase and step increases for city employees which will add about $5,000 to the budget. A potential increase in insurance could add up to $8,000. The council had approved a request earlier this month from the Planning and Zoning Commission to fund an updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 2013. An additional $5,000 was budgeted for the update.

The two largest increases include a request from the board of the National Trout Center (NTC) for $15,000 (previous 3 years has been $7,500) and a request from the EDA which doubles its budget from last year to include $29,000 for property acquisitions. The acquisition price includes funds for three parcels and tank removal at the former Preston Oil and Petroleum site.

The most visible savings in the budget over 2012 will include no expense for elections saving $2,600 and the reduction of the full time city hall maintenance position to half time saving a total of $34,847 in salary and benefits.

The early draft of the 2013 budget would have a $26,167 increase in the levy or 4.01 percent. Hoffman commented that the city has tried in the past to keep levy increases at three percent or less.

Councilwoman Kay Spangler wanted to know what a 4 percent increase of the city portion of the property taxes would mean to the average property owner. Hoffman said he would have that information at their next meeting. There was a consensus by the council for Hoffman to go back to the departments to lower the potential increase to 3 percent or less.

It is required that the preliminary budget and levy be approved by September 15. The preliminary number is the number used to calculate property taxes. When the final budget/levy is approved in December, the preliminary number can be reduced, but not increased.

NTC

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LSP to host workshop on ‘How to Use Township Rights to Control Frac Sand Mining” in Rushford August 30

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

A workshop on how to use township zoning powers to control or ban frac sand mining and processing will be held by the Land Stewardship Project in the southeast Minnesota communities of Frontenac and Rushford in August. On Thursday, Aug. 23, the work ..... 
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Spring Valley does not move ahead with street project

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

“It’s a County Road, it’s a County Problem” -Spring Valley Mayor, Jim Struzyk Such were the comments of the Mayor at the end of a public hearing that was called to make a decision on the Main Street Project and action on related resolut ..... 
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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios ..... 
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Hidden Valley CUP for Rental Cabins Goes to County Board for Approval

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner Tom and Shelly Kraetsch came to the Planning Commission last spring with an application to add camping cabins to their campground, only to take back their application to allow the commission time to amend their ordinance. With the ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

•Monday, Aug. 20, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m. • Monday, Aug. 20, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m. • Monday, Aug. 20, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m. • Tuesday, Aug. 21, Rushford Vill ..... 
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Fillmore County State Primary results from August 14, 2012

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

U.S. Senator for IND Stephen Williams: 13 (72.22%) Glen R. Anderson Menze: 5 (27.78%) U.S. Senator for REP David Carlson: 257 (50.89%) Bob Carney Jr.: 58 (11.49%) Kurt Bills: 190 (37.62%) U.S. Senator for DFL Jack Edward Shepard:12 (3.20% ..... 
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Reps of Mathy Construction contribute to sand discussion

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

The Sand Committee met again on August 10 with most members of the Planning Commission in attendance. The board room was again crowded with concerned citizens, including owners of property with potential for mining, mine operators, and citizens worr ..... 
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Business activity in the county

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Government

Cris Gastner, Economic Development Authority, at the board’s August 14 meeting updated the commissioners on projects he is working on within the county. With funding from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and a match provided by Fill ..... 
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