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Commissioners discuss revenue options for road preservation


Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the Fillmore County Board’s June 10 meeting County Engineer Ron Gregg expressed his concerns about the condition of the county’s infrastructure, specifically roads and bridges.

In a letter to the commissioners, he made it clear that without additional transportation funds to preserve current infrastructure, the condition of roads and bridges will continue to deteriorate.

In 2013 the legislature passed two laws to give counties the ability to raise revenue for transportation, the Wheelage Tax and the Local Option Sales Tax. It has been estimated that together the taxes could raise $1,090,800 per year for transportation projects for the county. Gregg suggested these funds could help with pavement preservation and bridge replacements on 3-digit roads. He stressed that the county does not have a lot of preservation dollars. He insisted that this revenue could help protect what we have. He encouraged the board to enact one or both of these taxes.

Gregg’s five year plan for the county sets aside $600,000 in 2014 and $500,000 in 2015 for pavement preservation. However, no funding is set aside for preservation work in 2016, 2017, and 2018. The reconstruction of CSAH 1 north of Spring Valley will use the state aid funds available during those three years.

The Wheelage Tax would be a straight $10 fee for each registered vehicle per year at least until 2018 when counties could charge up to $20 per vehicle annually. Many counties already approved this fee starting January 1, 2014. This tax would apply to most motorized vehicles including, but not limited to, passenger vehicles, pick up trucks, buses, and farm trucks. The board will have to make a decision prior to August 1 if they decide to impose this tax in 2015. It is estimated that the Wheelage Tax at $10 per vehicle would generate about $234,500 annually in Fillmore County.

The Local Option Sales Tax may be imposed as a local sales tax of up to one-half of 1 percent. Gregg noted that use of this revenue is more restricted and that a specific project must be scheduled for this money. The tax could go away if another specific project is not scheduled to use the money raised from the tax. It is estimated that Fillmore County would collect about $882,531 from a one-half cent local sales tax in 2015.

Discussion

Commissioner Randy Dahl said he has been an advocate of infrastructure preservation for a long time. He .....
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Complaints about cats addressed in Canton

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council addressed complaints about cats at their regular meeting on June 11. Jamie and Katie Dierson, as well as other Canton residents, have complained about cats apparently belonging to a neighbor. There are several cats running ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council looks into cloud data storage

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, June 9 and approved the bid of $222,233.94 from Doyle Connor Company for the North Broadway Concrete Paving. The acceptance of Doyle Connor’s bid was recommendation by Bolton &Menk, consulting Engineer ..... 
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Stand Still Parade, new trail map highlight Whalan’s June council meeting

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, June 9, the council received positive news on a number of recent projects and events. The Stand Still Parade Committee presented their final financial report to the Council, showing a net profit of $3,09 ..... 
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Chatfield hears plans to host the Relay for Life

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Deb Jorgenson addressed councilors at their June 9 meeting about a proposal to host the Fillmore County Relay for Life in 2015 and 2016. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent. Jorgenson and Wendy Kirchner have been working on plans to host the even ..... 
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New city attorney in Fountain

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

“We would be more than happy to become your city attorneys,” expressed Scott Springer of Springer & Gumbel, P.A. as he spoke to the Fountain City Council at their meeting June 5, 2014. With former City Attorney Kelly Wagner leaving to work in t ..... 
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Houston City Council talks radium levels in city water supply

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On June 9 Houston held their monthly city council meeting. The majority of the meeting was spent with the Minnesota Department of Health educating the city council on the town’s issue of radium being found in the drinking water. The representative ..... 
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Rushford preps for Highway 43 project, deals with illegal dumping

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Indications of the impending road project are starting to become noticeable and the city is making strides to make sure that local traffic and visitors know that the city businesses are open. Large construction signs bearing “Road Closed” warnin ..... 
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Harmony plans for new well

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony’s City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the city council meeting on June 10 with an update on a couple of projects. The council approved moving forward with design plans for the new well. Grabau reminded the council the city has received ..... 
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