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Lanesboro approves levy and sales tax


Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the preliminary budget and levy for 2012 at their regular meeting on September 6. The levy was set at $435,306, the same amount as last year. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said the MHVC (Market Value Homestead Credit) would no longer be available to cities. She explained that when the city sets a levy every year, the MVHC would take a percentage off the top, depending on their formula, and distribute it amongst the taxpayers.

"This is now gone," said Vickerman. "If we keep the levy exactly the same as last year, there will be an increase for taxpayers of about seven percent." She added that this was a higher increase than they had planned.

Vickerman's recommendation was to keep the levy the same, as it is only the preliminary. They cannot increase the levy any before the final budget is set in December, but they can decrease it.

Council member Tom Dybing said he doesn't believe the increase will be quite that high for taxpayers, but could be a little higher for non-homestead commercial businesses. He said they won't really know until the Truth and Taxation notices come out the end of November.

Vickerman said the LGA (Local Government Aid) remained the same as last year, which is a good thing for the city.

Sales Tax

The sales tax ordinance and resolution were both approved at the meeting. Vickerman said the ordinance will become law once it is published in the newspaper.

The sales tax, which is one-half percent, will not come into effect until January 1. According to Vickerman, they have to have all the paperwork in to the state by October 1.

There was some question about whether the sales tax applies to businesses in the 55949 zip code, or only in Lanesboro city limits. Whalan is also in the 55949 zip code. There are also businesses in nearby townships that would be in the same zip code. Manion did some research and discovered the state will go by the nine-digit zip code, in which case it would only be Lanesboro. Whalan and surrounding townships have a different nine-digit zip code.

Landscaping Project

Vickerman updated the council about the DNR's decision regarding the landscaping project bids. The DNR checked the quarries for the right kind of rock, and found only one. They recommended the council seek out the lowest bidder and ask if they can get rock from that quarry for the same price they originally bid. Vickerman said they ha .....
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City of Rushford Village Minutes of August 2, 2011

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The August 2, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admi ..... 
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Ostrander City Council minutes

Thu, Sep 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

Visitors: Mark Davis (insura ..... 
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Lanesboro to hold 9/11 tenth anniversary service "A Hero in Every Heart"

Thu, Sep 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

Five years ago, Jeff Reinartz of Austin wrote in the Rochester Post Bulletin about the fifth anniversary of 9/11. He said then that "It's as if a new emotion was invented that day that can't be expressed with mere words." It's likely that everyone f ..... 
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Historic Preston Overlook to be restored

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country announced that it has been awarded a National Scenic Byways grant in the amount of $787,516 for the refurbishing of the Preston Overlook along Highway 52/16. A 20% matching amount of $200,000 by the Minn ..... 
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Chatfield improvement projects approved

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Engineer David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reviewed proposed improvement projects at the city council's August 22 meeting.

Bids had been received for improvements to Old Territorial Road. A bid of $91,302 would provide basically for a t ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Thursday, September 1, Fountain City Council, City Office 7:30 pm

•Tuesday, September 6, Lanesboro City Council 5:30pm City Hall

• Tuesday, September 6, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

&# ..... 
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Variance criteria change in zoning ordinance

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their August 25 meeting voted to send amendments related to the granting of variances on to the County Board for their consideration.

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained the proposed changes ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, August 22, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 22, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, August 22, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hal ..... 
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