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Harmony discusses 2012 budget


Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the preliminary budget for 2012 at their regular meeting October 11. The final budget and levy must be decided at their December meeting.

City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with a tax comparison from 2011. The chart showed home market values and the potential increase in 2012 from 2011, also taking into account the market value exclusion.

Illg noted that the increase in occupancy at Heritage Grove would help a lot with the budget. They will still need help from the city this year. He asked the council for direction on where to go with the budget and levy.

Mayor Steve Donney asked what they would have to do so people will not have any increases in their taxes. Council member Jerry Shuck said they should shoot to cut out $90-100,000 in the budget to eliminate any increases.

"I've heard of people backing off from buying houses because of our tax rate, and that's not good to hear," said Shuck.

Illg said the total increases in the budget were $91,500, so they would have to eliminate all increases.

Illg also discussed TIF District 1. He came up with a total cash balance of $22,823 at the end of 2011. This is after using money for the 3rd Street project, downtown alley electrical, and commercial rehab loans.

Illg mentioned the money must be used by the end of the year, or it goes back to the state. The city would then get about 65-70 percent of it back, but there would be no restrictions on how it could be spent. He mentioned several things the money could be used for, including a new well, water main replacements, and street projects.

Utilities Assessments

Illg had a list of four people that are delinquent on their utilities, and per the city ordinance, the amount still owed will be assessed to their property taxes payable in 2012. A public hearing was held, and a letter from Melissa Vanderplas was read. Vanderplas was on the list with $1,655.57 owed. She explained there was a water leak at her home that drove her water bill up to $2,500, and she has been working on paying that off every month. She asked for more time to work on the bill before having it assessed to her taxes.

Illg said she was the only person on the list who has made an effort to pay off her bill. After the public hearing was closed, the council voted to assess the past due utilities on the list, but excluded Vanderplas, giving her another year to pay off t .....
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, Oct. 17, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 17, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 17, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

• Tu ..... 
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Rushford accepts levee project bid

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

"I'm happy to say, we're at a point where we can start construction," declared Art Kalmes, senior civil engineer for Barr Engineering, one of three firms assisting with the levee reconstruction and recertification.

Fourteen construction firm ..... 
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Preston agrees to revised EMSRB order

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the October 3 Preston City Council meeting, a negotiated Stipulation and Consent Order was agreed to as recommended by attorney Peter Regnier. Regnier was appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities to advise the city in its response to the Emerg ..... 
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Property taxes and the homestead exclusion

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Much of the Fillmore County Board's October 4 meeting was consumed with a presentation and discussion concerning the repeal of the Market Value Credit and the initiation of the Market Value Exclusion program. The program changes were made in the 201 ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The September 20, 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 ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Oct. 10, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 10, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 10, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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Lanesboro moving forward on landscaping

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the regular meeting on October 3, the Lanesboro City Council approved Mensink Landscaping for the landscaping project. The DNR had previously found there was one quarry, in Houston, which carried the kind of limestone needed for the project. ..... 
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New business for County Airport

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

William Mensink was granted authorization to do business at the Fillmore County Airport at the County Board's September 27 meeting. The authorization is required by the state.

Mensink's business, "Slip Skid Aviation, LLC," will offer aircraf ..... 
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