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County signaling level budget for 2010


Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown asked the board's direction to department heads in planning the 2010 budget at the June 9 meeting. She wanted to be able to give department heads notice as to limits on salary and wage increases. Brown warned that a possible 50% cut or more in Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state would have a substantial impact on the county's budget. At this time, possible insurance rate increases add to the unknowns.

Chairman Chuck Amunrud said they are looking at a flat budget from 2009 to 2010. Commissioner Duane Bakke agreed and suggested department heads should run their 2010 budgets exactly the same as 2009, sitting still for a year. He acknowledged mandated services may require increases. If a flat budget couldn't be maintained, they would need to target areas for cuts.

Amunrud said department heads needed to get the message that the board is serious about living within their means, not raising the levy, which means a wage freeze.

County auditor/treasurer Shirl Boelter asked if a freeze would include cost of living increases (COLA) and step increases. It was determined that the state froze both. Commissioner Randy Dahl called for a freezing of the 'clock.' Bakke remarked that department heads may have to consider a reduction of employees, as "we have nothing to work with." Brown reminded them that hour cuts to possibly .8 would be an option.

SWCD

Two of the five members of the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, Travis Willford and Tim Gossman, and District Administrator Donna Rasmussen, gave an overview of their programs and monies dispersed in 2008.

Almost $2 million in federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) money was dispersed to landowners in Fillmore County in 2008 which doesn't include Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land payments. They emphasized the return on the county's investment in various programs was $17 of federal funds for every $1 spent by the county and $7 of state funds for every $1 spent by the county. A large portion of the funding is targeted in an effort to maintain or improve water quality.

State cost share funds helped land owners with erosion control, feedlots, grazing management programs, flood relief and paid for long term easements. SWCD staff provide educational activities and assist in planning ordinances with an eye on conservation and protection of water sources. Several water quality monitoring studi .....
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Spring Valley budget cuts?

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expendi ..... 
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Harmony City Council speaks with Ropes

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council was able to speak to Senator Sharon Ropes during their regular meeting on June 9. They asked questions and got some information about the state's budget and the status of the city's LGA (Local Government Aid).

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Rushford City Council receives levee recertification update

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a lengthy, occasionally vague presentation, the council heard an initial report by URS Corporation and American Engineering Testing at the Monday, June 8th meeting. The presentation detailed the current analysis of the flood protection system, as ..... 
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Chatfield, Preston and Ostrander receive grants

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Develpment Corporation (SEMDC), in partnership with Semcac awarded a $474,200 in Small Cities Development Program Grant. The grant will assist the following communities: Ostrander, Preston, and Chatfield to help pay for improv ..... 
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Cash for Clunkers passes House

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Congressman Tim Walz voted to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and help reduce harmful carbon emissions from vehicles.

H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009, also known as "Cash ..... 
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Fillmore-Houston boards approve grant agreement

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



The June 2 meeting of the Fillmore County Board included a teleconference for the Fillmore-Houston Joint Board of Health. A resolution was once again passed for 2009-2010 to enter into a grant agreement for Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Gran ..... 
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Senator Ropes in Preston: We are all in this together

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL addressed the Preston City Council at their June 1 meeting. She discussed the recent legislative session and inquired as to how the city dealt with the loss of Local Government Aid (LGA) funds totaling ..... 
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Bunge seeks 'Conditional Use Permit' at Lanesboro City Council meeting

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council took a break from the usual at their last meeting on June 1. Street Superintendent Andy Drake took the group on a bus tour of the city's streets. He showed the conditions of some of the streets, and pointed out ..... 
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