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Harmony makes over $100,000 in cuts


Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Like most communities in the area, Harmony has been dealing with the effects of losing LGA money from the state, and is trying to make cuts to their already tight budget.

Several departments looked at the budget for 2009 and made some suggestions for cuts. A budget committee came up with a recommendation for the council, which they looked over and discussed at their meeting on February 10.

The total cut from Harmony's LGA (Local Government Aid) in 2009 is estimated at $49,870.

The council cut out future equipment purchases from the budget for the time being, which is a total of $37,500. The recommendation was to cut out another $84,050 for a total reduction of $121,500.

The EDA (Economic Development Authority) cut $10,000 in advertising, marketing and tourism out of their budget. There was $3,000 cut in garbage and recycling at the Visitor Center and Community Center. The street light roping at Christmas was eliminated, which was $1,500. The tree boulevard program will be eliminated for a year, which is another $1,500. The library cut $3,000 from their budget, and expenditure changes for the Fire Department totaled $5,500.

There were a few items that the council decided not to get rid of despite the recommendations. After some discussion, it was decided to keep $1,500 in the budget for crack filling and $5,000 for patching the streets. Council member Gerald Shuck felt it was important to keep the streets up and not let them get bad.

There was also some discussion about the city plowing snow off the sidewalk. Right now the city plows sidewalk from Wheelers to the Visitor's Center, and from I Love Antiques all the way down to the nursing home. There is an ordinance that states property owners must shovel their own sidewalks free of snow. Shuck said when the street was redone and the sidewalk put in, the city agreed to take care of the snow removal. The sidewalk is used by many people in the winter as well as the summer.

The council decided to keep the $1,200 for removing that snow. If they stopped plowing the sidewalk, they would spend time and money to try to enforce the snow removal ordinance for residents living along that street.

There was also some budget shifting done to the audit fee, and a water fund to sewer fund transfer of $21,000. The total cuts approved came to $113,800.

As far as sources of revenue, the council approved a Storm Water Utility ordinance that would bring in $6, .....
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Spring Valley focuses on financials

Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The focus of the Spring valley City Council on Monday, February 9, was focused on the financial situation of the city and what the various departments can do to deal with the certain shortfalls that will happen not only this year, but years down the ..... 
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Lanesboro city council discusses budget woes

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council got closer to deciding their 2009 budget cuts at their regular meeting February 2. Governor Pawlenty's proposed budget will mean a cut in Lanesboro's LGA (Local Government Aid) of $31,116 in 2009 and $61,000 in 2010.
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Preston looking to cut $30,000 more

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered options to the city council on how to re-budget for 2009 at their February 2 meeting. Hoffman noted that the expected cuts of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state for this year creates an unusual situation ..... 
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Recession increases demand for Social Services

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd gave some ballooning and troubling statistics of increased demand for services due to the depressed economy at the board's February 3 meeting. Food stamp cases went from 322 in January 2008, to 399 in De ..... 
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County amends Computer Replacement Policy

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at their January 27 meeting. In accordance with their ongoing effort to rein in costs where possible an amendment to the computer replacement policy was amended to read "as needed," removing wording for a ..... 
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Rushford hires fundraising firm for library project

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Minus one-member, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously last Monday, January 26, to enter into a contract with Winona-based consultants, Crescendo-LLP, to "manage and direct" a capital campaign designed to raise $1.2-million for con ..... 
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Preston concerned over expected LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
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City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the city council as to expected Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts from the state at the January 20 meeting. He said that more will be known when the Governor Pawlenty's budget is released on January 27.

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Lanesboro City Council looks at budget scenarios

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

The main issue on the agenda was the budget when the Lanesboro City Council met on January 20. Administrator Bobbie Vickerman came up with some budget scenarios for the council to consider.

According to Vickerman, Governor Pawlenty will pres ..... 
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