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Chatfield reviews 2010 budget


Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

At a special city council meeting on March 16, the Chatfield City Council reviewed their 2010 budget to consider options on how to deal with the expected additional cut in Local Government Aid (LGA) of $153,000. City Clerk Joel Young said the notice they had received from the Minnesota Department of Revenue for 2010 LGA at first was for a total of $806,000. He noted the city budgeted with the expectation of receiving $666,000. Now, they are only expecting about $513,000.

The largest problem for cities and counties is the fact that they are already at the end of the first quarter of the year and they are having to cut deeper to balance money already spent. Their ability to budget and levy for the current year's budget is already past.

After reviewing the city's finances, Young asked where the council wanted to start, what kind of services do we need to provide, and what can we live without. Acting Mayor Paul Novotny called this a far bigger problem than last time. He said all the one time cut possibilities are gone, making the necessary cuts the city must now make more noticable to the public. Young said last year the city acted quickly with budget cuts which worked well and left the city with a little cushion. At the city's next council meeting on March 22, the audit report for the city will be reviewed.

Councilor Ken Jacobson asked if the city should go ahead with spring cleaning which costs the city $10,000 to $12,000. Young noted as these events go by, the city looses the opportunity to save these funds this year. Novotny suggested residents have a thirty day notice before a service is cut.

Jacobson stated the city's levy was raised five percent for this year, but the city has lost 25 percent of LGA funding. Young said the city can expect to loose another $30,000 next year. He said the revenue the city has to work with now is equal to that of several years ago, but it has to stretch to cover the increased costs of today, especially health and fuel costs. Councilor Josh Thompson said nobody wants to say it, but if we can't find enough ways to cut, we'll have to find ways to add.

City Attorney Fred Suhler said the easy pickings have been picked. He has heard people compare community budgets to household budgets. Suhler said it is not the same for the city because they have less flexibility and can't raise taxes in the middle of the year. Jacobson said everything needs to be on the table. Novotny expects no matter w .....
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Wilson aiming for seat in U.S. Congress

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

On March 2, 2010, the Fillmore County Journal conducted an exclusive interview with Steven Wilson, a self-described "conservative independent."

Residing in Rochester, Minn., Steven Wilson is running under the Independence Party for U.S. Cong ..... 
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Jennifer Gumbel enters political arena

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

When Jennifer Gumbel and her husband, Axel, left the Twin Cities a few years ago, it was with the intention of returning one day to make their permanent home there. Not anymore. "We are both very comfortable with rural living, especially after movin ..... 
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City of Peterson increases electric rates

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on March 2 and was called to order by Chuck Eidenschink. In addition to Chuck, those present were Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, Rick Lee and Lolly Melander. Jan Smaby was absent.
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Illg speculates on Palwenty's proposed LGA cuts

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the budget and the cuts that are coming from the state during their March 9 meeting. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the Governor's proposal has a cut of $80,408 from Harmony's LGA (Local Government Aid) for 20 ..... 
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Canton continues wastewater treatment talks

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on March 3. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order. Those present were: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Hank Selden was absent.

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Pilot Mound Township residents exercise right to vote

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

On the foggy evening of Tuesday, March 9, hundreds of individuals residing in area townships collectively cast their votes for positions of supervisor and clerk for their respective board of directors.

In what could quite possibly be a recor ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses public utility increases

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates visited the Lanesboro City Council during their joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on March 8. Bubany had his spreadsheets ready for the city's budget, and discussed the plans for Capital Out ..... 
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Fifty years of public service

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Preston Township has enjoyed the dedication and public service of one of their own for a half century. Dave Wilson first served on the Preston Township Board of Supervisors in 1960 as their treasurer and held that position until 1975. At age 29, he ..... 
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