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Preston 2015 budget discussed


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their August 20 meeting discussed options the city has to limit the levy increase in 2015. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman introduced the discussion draft for the 2015 budget which reflects all departmental requests and the city’s bond payment obligations. Due to those bond payment obligations for the 2014 street improvements and expected bond payments for the North Industrial Park improvements the tax levy for 2015 could see a $100,000 increase or more than 14 percent.

Hoffman asked the council what numerical increase in the budget/levy the staff should work toward. The council agreed that a 14 percent increase that was shown in the discussion draft was not acceptable. By consensus they requested that the proposed levy increase be whittled down to 7 percent or about $50,000.

How can the reductions be accomplished? The 2014 improvement bonding will require that $89,592 be included in 2015 budget/levy. Hoffman explained that $24,000 had been added to the discussion draft for the industrial park improvements. This figure could be eliminated or lowered for the 2015 budget as it was added to help level expenses for the 2016 budget. The discussion draft showed $90,000 budgeted in the street fund for ongoing street maintenance. Hoffman said this figure could be reduced for a few years to help smooth out levy increases. Staff will also go back to departments to get reductions in their requests where possible.

The city is expecting a slight increase in Local Government Aid for 2015. No increase in health insurance is anticipated. Salary increases for cost of living are yet to be determined.

Councilman Robert Maust maintained that budget priorities should benefit everybody instead of just a few. He requested figures from the city staff showing what the levy increase would cost property owners in certain market value levels. Those figures will be provided at the next meeting. The city has to approve a preliminary budget and levy by September 15.

Other Business In Brief

•There was considerable discussion during a public hearing on the proposed vacation of the 500 block of Winona St. near the Kneeskern property just south of Chatfield Avenue. The proposal was that 13 feet go to the property to the west and 33 feet go to the property to the east. The issue arose when surveying errors made over half a centu .....
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Rushford Village reviews project, staffing options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Getting the Tuff Lane Project underway may finally be drawing near for Rushford Village. Deemed deficient by the county, the city is mandated to remedy the lane bridge, which currently has insufficient tonnage limits. In June project engineer Brian ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better ..... 
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Mabel City Council approves three change orders

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Kaye Bernard from Tri-County Electric was present at the meeting to answer any questions the council had about Tri-County’s acquisition of Alliant Energy ..... 
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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get peo ..... 
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Rushford moves lighting project, in-city hunting forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Taking advantage of timing and funding, the Rushford Municipal Electric Commission and the city are moving forward with a project to update all lighting along the Highway 43 corridor. With lighting being temporarily removed for the Highway 43 Projec ..... 
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Summary of Fillmore County Primary Election results

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Summary of Fillmore County Totals •Number of persons registered as of 7 a.m.: 11,789 •Number of persons registered on Election Day: 54 •Number of accepted regular, armed forces and temporarily overseas absentee ballots: 30 •Number o ..... 
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New ambulance director selected for Spring Valley

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A new ambulance director has been named for Spring Valley. Todd Jones informed the Council that Brett Rima of Thief River Falls has accepted the position starting Sept. 2. Previously an offer of employment had been made to Ryan Marking and he decli ..... 
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Houston prospects possible radium treatment plant

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On August 11, the Houston City Council held a meeting in which the majority of the topics discussed had to do with the betterment and beautification on the city. One such item was a proposal to make an official archery range in South Park. The DNR h ..... 
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