Studio A Photography
 
Letterwerks Sign City
 
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 136 | 137 | 138 | 139 | 140 | > | >>

Lanesboro sales tax to begin January 1


Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The City of Lanesboro has been trying for years now to let the state allow it to enforce a new sales tax. The .5 percent increase in sales tax will help the city pay like street repairs and other projects.

This fall, Lanesboro was finally allowed to put the question on the ballot, and voters were overwhelmingly in favor of the tax. The sales tax applies to any business in the Lanesboro zip code. Residents will have to pay the tax as well, but the tourist season will potentially bring in a lot of extra revenue to help take care of the city.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman noted that although some people are afraid of the word "tax," most people think this is a good thing for Lanesboro.

"It's a great opportunity for the City to capture some revenue from those that are visiting Lanesboro; that use the same infrastructure as the residents and business owners," said Vickerman.

Vickerman added that the tourism is an amazing attribute for the community, but when the population triples on weekends, it can be a lot of wear and tear on the community's infrastructure.

The Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce is also very supportive of the new tax. The Chamber has more than 100 members, many of them local business owners.

"As local government aid continues to decrease and Lanesboro falls in the gap of less state assistance, this local sales tax option will allow the city to raise revenues to offset our short falls," said Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Chamber.

Kiehne mentioned that Lanesboro is facing numerous capital replacement projects, and there is more wear and tear than most cities the size of Lanesboro. The need for such repairs has escalated due to the tourism industry.

"The local sales tax will allow some of the burden to be passes on to those that are coming into Lanesboro and are being provided the same services as those that pay for these services through property taxes," said Kiehne.

Vickerman said the vote for the sales tax passed by 80 percent, showing a lot of support from the residents.

Government this week

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Dec. 26, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 26, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 26, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

What recourse is there for property owners?

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the Chatfield City Council's December 12 meeting, Sue Hollermann asked what recourse is available for businesses that have been hit with an unacceptable twenty percent property tax hike. Hollermann spoke during the Truth in Taxation public hearin ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Commissioners hear property tax complaints

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

County coordinator Karen Brown reviewed 2011 county operations and plans for 2012 along with the proposed county budget and levy at an evening public hearing on December 13. Counties and cities are required to have a public hearing, truth in taxatio ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Government this week

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, December 19, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, December 19, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, December 19, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.
< ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Harmony City Council discusses property taxes

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

It was a full house for the Harmony City Council meeting on December 13, as they held a Truth in Taxation hearing to discuss property values and taxes, as well as some changes from the legislature.

Ron Vikre was there from the County Assess ..... 
[Read the Rest]

County receives MCIT Award

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

A new plaque recently awarded to Fillmore County was on display at the board's December 13 meeting. On December 5 during the Minnesota Counties Intergoverment Trust (MCIT) annual membership meeting, the county was awarded the distinguished MCIT "Cou ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Rushford deals with state shift

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

In an attempt to balance the state budget, and see $261 million saving, the Minnesota legislature has restructured the Homestead Market Value leaving many cities bearing the brunt of upset citizens facing higher taxes.

Rushford is seeing the ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Spring Valley certifies tax levy

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

Approval was given by the City Council to hire the auditing firm of Smith Schafer and Associates, Ltd of Minneapolis to conduct the cities auditing operations for 2012. The total cost will be $15,500, which is an increase of $400 from last year. The ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 136 | 137 | 138 | 139 | 140 | > | >>