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Rushford City Council analyzes costs


Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several topics headed the Monday, September 14th, council meeting, the most prevalent of which was likely consideration of a staff report regarding the preliminary draft of the 2010 budget. Mayor Les Ladewig advised the council, "Hang on to your seats because I'm sure it won't be popular."

In comparing the budget with the levy versus LGA projections, City Administrator Windy Block proceeded to lay out the four options of "frozen," "moderate," "progressive," and "LGA Catch-Up" budget plans. "I've played with the numbers and I have some ideas of an increase," said Block.

While the recent LGA unallotment withdraws $97,112 in funding from the city, Block also noted that other funds historically contributed to positive cash flow into the general fund. The 2010 budget shows no predicted transfers.

After some discussion, the council adopted a proposed preliminary levy of 15 percent that would net the city $732,609 on top of promised LGA funds of $559,112. The levy would equate to a 4.9 percent change in the current levy.

Ladewig was quick to point out that a levy "increase does not correlate to a 4.9 percent tax increase," but rather the increased revenue of roughly $60,000 being spread over the tax base.

A public hearing was scheduled for the Monday, December 14th, council meeting with a final decision being made on a special Monday, December 21st, meeting.

Electric Rate Change

A presentation by Tom Nigon of PowerPlus Energy, LLC, gave insight into rate changes for the electric utility. Looking for a "break even," the analysis was intended to determine changes by class due to increasing costs from power supply costs, increases in operating and maintenance expenses, and decreases in energy sales.

Electric service is estimated to increase by an annual amount of over $100,000. With the new rates, the city, already operating at a loss in their electric fund, hopes to recoup that amount without generating any profit. While Rushford was said to be on the "high end," roughly 5 percent higher than other local municipalities, the rate increase is still considered comparable.

There was some question from citizen Eric Hoiland as to why the proposed monthly charge for interruptible heating would be higher. It was explained that the service was "too low to begin with" and that into the future there would be no great savings for switching to interruptible. Unfortunately, Hoiland, who is renovating the tow .....
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Spring Valley reduces levy by roughly $8,000

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has passed a resolution setting the preliminary budget and levy for 2010. At the meeting Monday night, the council set the preliminary levy at $880, 344. City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that "there will be no salary ..... 
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Canton discusses wastewater treatment concerns

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Tuesday, September 15, 2009, with Mayor Johnson calling the meeting to order. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Cindy Shanks made a motio ..... 
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Peterson reviews proposed 2010 budget

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Unapproved meeting minutes

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Lee on September 9, 2009. The first order of business was a question and answer discussion regarding the yellow curb marking and mail bo ..... 
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Preliminary county budget and levy adopted

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Resolutions to adopt Fillmore County's preliminary budget and levy were passed at the September 8 meeting. State law requires the preliminary budget and levy for 2010 to be set by September 15.

County coordinator Karen Brown explained the bu ..... 
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Lanesboro dam repairs?

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman went over her preliminary budget for 2010 during Lanesboro's council meeting on September 8. The council approved the preliminary tax levy of $413,756, which is a five percent increase from last year. As Vickerman ..... 
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Preston approves 2010 preliminary budget and levy

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman related some good news for the 2010 budget at the September 9 meeting of the Preston City Council. Health insurance rates for the coming year will only increase two percent instead of the 15 percent that was budgeted f ..... 
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Harmony seeks lower increase than past years

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a preliminary budget and tax levy at their meeting on September 8. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a budget to the council with the preliminary tax levy set at $603,800. This is a 2.6 percent increase from ..... 
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A lively meeting for Whalan City Council

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Since Labor Day fell on Whalan's regular council day, the regular monthly meeting was held the following Tuesday, September 8.

Mayor Larry Johnson kept the meeting running at a professional pace through complaints that the park was not being ..... 
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