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Preston looks to slash 2010 budget


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council set up a committee to take a very hard look at their 2010 budget in an effort to cut another $100,000 from 2010 expenditures at the council's February 16 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman, in an effort to add a little humor to a serious situation, passed out rolls of Rolaids.

Monday, February 12, Governor Pawlenty released his supplemental budget which proposes to cut Local Government Aid (LGA) by $250 million from expected payments to local governments in the 2010 fiscal year beginning July 1. The governor attempts not to touch K-12 education, state public safety, military and veteran aid programs.

Hoffman expects the governor's proposal in the end will become close to a reality at least for LGA cuts. He warned that there could even be deeper cuts if the federal money in the governor's budget doesn't come through. Pawlenty's budget is dependent on $387 million from a Medicaid allowance to be in balance. This money may not make its way through congress.

Hoffman suggested the council form a committee to find areas to cut back expenditures, as $100,000 is 17 percent of the city's core operations. Councilmen David Harrison and Robert Sauer will serve on the committee with Hoffman. Sheila Marzolf had run some numbers and determined that it would require a 20 percent levy increase to replace the loss of funds. Hoffman said, "It is a tax shift," shifting the burden to the local people through property taxes.

The committee's job will be to prioritize the city's expenses. Hoffman said the city continues to get further behind, meaning there isn't anything much that can be cut out of capital expenditures. He suggested they will probably need to cut some services. The largest portion of the budget is the street fund and planned 2010 improvements may need to be scaled back. Hoffman said we are getting the rug pulled out from under us.

The council had planned to go ahead with a flood buyout for Steve Schlick. The city would be responsible for twelve and one half percent of the total cost. This property was prioritized as number one on the list of those the city would like to see returned to a grassy area with the help of the DNR and FEMA. However, with the additional LGA cuts, the council doesn't know how it can afford to spend $7,000 on the hazard mitigation project. Any action on the project was tabled until the next council meeting.

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A new chapter in Potter's history

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Ownership of the old elementary school buildings, along with all of Block 19 in Chatfield, was transferred in a formal signing ceremony held on the Potter Auditorium stage on February 12. The transfer of ownership and responsibility for the property ..... 
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WALZ ENCOURAGES FAMILES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX CREDITS

Wed, Feb 17th, 2010
Posted in Government



(Mankato, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz encouraged southern Minnesota families to take tax credits they are eligible for, specifically the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). He also released information to help constituents prepare their taxes ..... 
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Legislative session focused on budget, jobs

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
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As lawmakers return to St. Paul this week to kickoff the 2010 legislative session, state Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, said today that the Minnesota Senate has laid out an ambitious agenda focused on balancing the state's budget and growin ..... 
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Jim Casey's wish come true

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
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Have you ever wondered if an ancestor of yours could have changed history? Well, Jim Casey doesn't wonder, he knows!

James Sheilds, a great, great uncle of Jim Casey on his father's side, was the only man to serve as a United States ..... 
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Potter Center bill advances in Minnesota Senate

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

State Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, and state Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, who both represent the city of Chatfield, recently presented legislation before the Senate Economic Development Budget Division that would create 140 jobs and boo ..... 
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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Library's legacy revisited at Rushford city council meeting

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the agenda of the Monday, February 8th, meeting included annual reports from several city departments and financial entities, it was likely the city library that garnered most of the attention.

Library Director Susan Hart and a represe ..... 
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Harmony city council discusses lighting options

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

There were a lot of lights and lighting upgrades on the agenda of the Harmony City Council meeting February 9. Stuart Morem of Morem Electric had given the council estimates for new lighting in the Community Center. He gave prices for doing each hal ..... 
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