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Preston City Council Report: 4.8% Preston levy increase


Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

The preliminary budget was approved at the September 5 meeting of the Preston City Council. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Council members charged City Administrator Joe Hoffman with the job of reducing the initial 13.67% increase detailed in the first draft of the budget. Council member Steve Knoepke remarked that they would need to wear "Kevlar" if the levy increase was 13%.

Joe Hoffman with the help of City Clerk Sheila Marzolf did indeed take a "red pen" to the budget and reduced the levy increase to 4.8%. Some of the difference was made up by anticipated increases in revenue from the lodging tax and state aid for the police. However, most of the difference is from reduction of funding for expenses. By far the most substantial differences were a $17,500 reduction in funding for the equipment reserve for the fire department and a $5,000 reduction in funding for street equipment and a $10,000 reduction for street sealcoating and overlays. Hoffman admitted that the street and overlay reductions were frustrating for him. He commented on the council's recent decision to pay for sealcoating and overlays from city funds rather than assessing property owners. Obviously, if the city does not want to pay for necessary street maintenance by assessing property owners on those particular streets, then all citizens collectively should be expected to pay for those costs through levy increases. Hoffman noted that both the reductions in monies for overlays and for equipment for streets and the fire department are just delaying the inevitable need to raise those funds in the future. The purchase of a needed new pumper truck for the fire department will be delayed for at least a year or two because of the reduction. Council member Heath Mensink added that the fire department could run into insurance problems if the pumper is not replaced. Mensink went on to say that if the city does not assess for overlays and maybe sidewalks, then the public should expect an additional increase in the levy.

The original draft called for a levy increase of $66,971. The approved second draft calls for a levy increase of $23,509 or 4.8%.

The council set the Truth In Taxation Hearing for December 5 and 18. The regular council meeting will be held on December 5 rather than Monday the fourth.

Sidewalk Improvements

A public hearing was held for sidewalk improvements on 105 North Street NE. Hoffman explained that this section was not included in the firs .....
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Generator case closed - Rushford pays $25,000

Fri, Sep 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - City Attorney Terry Chiglo reported to the Rushford City Council the results of the August 18 mediation session with Ziegler at their regular council meeting Monday, August 28. Previously, the council had turned down a settlement of $90,0 ..... 
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The arts, a good economic investment

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The positive economic impact of the 'arts' was highlighted at the August 22 meeting of the Fillmore County Commissioners. Pat Alcott from the SE MN Arts Council (SEMAC) and Micheal-Jon Pease of Cornucopia Art Center promoted the 'arts' as ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preliminary 2007 budget proposal discussed

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

An early budget draft was presented to Preston City Council members for discussion at the August 21 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman introduced the budget and added that "no red pen" had been used on the requests made by the various departmen ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Overnight parking issue addressed

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mrs. B's owner Terry Neumann called a recent enforcement of the "No Parking" ordinance "ill thought out" and declared it would have "far reaching effects" in a letter to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting August 21st. Neumann went o ..... 
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Pilot Mound residents want moratorium on campgrounds

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

PILOT MOUND - One hundred twenty eight Pilot Mound residents, more than twice the 57 people who voted in the last township election, have signed a petition calling for the township supervisors to implement an interim moratorium on campgrounds in ord ..... 
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Record numbers use Rushford library

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - "I have the best job in the city!" declared Rushford Public Librarian Susan Hart as she presented her annual report to the city council at their regular meeting August 14. Hart began her report by unfurling a banner longer than the meetin ..... 
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Zoning commission okays Amish cemetery

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their August monthly meeting on Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission heard proposals for two conditional land use permits (CUPs).

Amish Cemetery

Daniel and Verna Detweiler petitioned for a CUP ..... 
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Campaign finance complaint against Davids dismissed

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board have dismissed a complaint against the People for Davids Committee which was brought by Frank Wright, Peggy Hanson and Harlan Taylor, all of Lanesboro. The ruling was issued on August 15.
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