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Lanesboro school board approves levy certification budget


Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board approved the agenda as presented along with minutes from the November 19 meeting.

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The board approved November, financial statements and treasurer's report without discussion.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs presented tax levy certification information to the board. A document shared with members stated that "financing of elementary and secondary education in Minnesota is through a combination of state-collected taxes - primarily income and sales - and locally colleted property taxes. Revenue to school districts is received in three major categories: 1. State education finance appropriations 2. State paid property tax credits and 3. Property tax levies. Each school district may levy taxes in up to 30 different categories and levy limits are set by either state law or voter approval. The Minnesota Department of Education calculates detailed levy limits for each district.

In reviewing the levy/aid summary, Boggs stated that because of the tax referendum, $102,566.12 is received in aid from the State of Minnesota. "We need to fund schools and we need taxes to run schools," Boggs said. The levy certification was approved as submitted.

Boggs also shared the proposed expense and revenue budget for fiscal year 2010 and estimated a deficit of approximately $500,000 due, in part, to declining enrollment, decreased state funding and higher expenses due to inflation. Boggs reminded that board that some of the costs are estimated and the district has always done a good job managing to the budget. He added that the district will receive some stimulus dollars, which will help.

Brett Clarke, High School Principal, addressed the board about grant monies that are available to fund equipment, training and materials required for a distance learning program. Board members were in favor of moving ahead with the grant process and approved a cash match of $7,350 from the district.

Board member Sara Decker updated the board on data she has been gathering related to a grant for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). According to Decker, the state has set aside money to be used in programs that primarily help reduce obesity and tobacco use. The SHIP interventions focus on changing policies .....
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Hearing set for Preston 2010 street improvements

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau, Bonestroo, presented the engineering firm's feasibility report for the proposed 2010 street improvements at the Preston City Council's December 8 meeting. The council unanimously accepted the report and set a public hearing for January ..... 
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Harmony approves 2.6-percent increase

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Truth and Taxation Public Hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting that was held on December 8. Nobody from the public came to voice any concerns or questions about the budget or the tax levy.

The council approved t ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses possibilities with Health Reimbursement Account

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Public Hearing was held for the 2010 Budget and Tax Levy before the regular Lanesboro Council meeting on December 8. Nobody from the community came with any questions or concerns.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that Lanesbor ..... 
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Canton approves 2010 budget

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, December 2, 2009. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. In addition to Mayor Johnson, council members present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsvin ..... 
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Aggen variance approved

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held on December 10 by the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment, after which they unanimously approved a variance for Lynn and Barb Aggen of Harmony. A variance was requested to build closer than the 1,000 foot setback from the s ..... 
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Clarification of public communication options

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners are continuing to gather information in order to make the best choice to comply with the 2013 narrowband mandate. Steve Borchardt, statewide radio board southern regional interoperability coordinator, along with Fil ..... 
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Wastewater plant in Fountain soon to begin operation

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The final details were worked out at the December 3 Fountain City Council meeting in preparation to get the wastewater treatment plant up and running. McGhie and Betts engineer Dave Morrill says the plant is tentatively scheduled to be put into oper ..... 
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City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joy ..... 
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