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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 budget has been reduced by 1.49 percent from 2009 or by $362,929. The levy is to increase by $78,913 or 1.01 percent. The county levy for 2009 was $7,837,861 and is to be $7,916,774 for 2010. The $7,916,774 figure includes $212,477 of disparity aid. Health insurance costs are to increase by about 7.2 percent.

Brown noted a significant reduction in the budget for the airport (34 percent), the debt service for the court house is 5.5 percent lower and there is about a 2 percent reduction in both the social service budget and the road and bridge budget.

Total projected expenditures and revenues for the year 2010 are $24,050,449. Nearly $11,500,000 of those monies will be state and federal dollars. Other sources of revenue include permits, licenses, other taxes, fines and forfeits, interest and use of the county's fund balance.

By Minnesota statute, section 275.065, subdivision 1, the county is required to schedule a meeting where the public will be allowed to speak and where the board discusses the budget and levy. This meeting will be held in the county courthouse board room on December 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Other Business In Brief

• Assistant county engineer Tom Miles requested and received approval for what he said will be the last construction bids of the season. Minnowa Construction was approved with the low bids for three culvert projects, one in Bristol Township for $81,000 and two in Carrolton Township on Gentle Road for a total of $160,459. Miles said they will be two week jobs and will be done in mid to late October.

Commissioner Randy Dahl explained a meeting has been set up for 10:00 a.m. this morning with the Department of Natural Resources and MnDot near the Whalen Bridge on state highway 16 to discuss the unsafe passage of bicyclists from Eagle Cliff campground to the state trail at Whalen. Miles was to attend the meeting to represent the county.

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked Miles to find out if the county would have any financial obligation or could choose to have an obligation. Bakke wanted to know who would provide the funding, if a trail were built for the half mile span. Property owner Mike McGrath had suggested the county could spend its doll .....
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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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Public Health guidelines for H1N1

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling and Health Educator Brenda Pohlman updated the Fillmore County Commissioners on the vaccine for H1N1 and overall preparedness for control of the influenza at their September 1 meeting. Serfling noted that the C ..... 
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New Fountain Sewage Treatment Plant Progressing

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill, McGhie and Betts engineering, reported progress on the sewer treatment plant is on schedule at the city's September 3 meeting. Most of the sewer pipe has already been installed. In the next couple of weeks all of the excavating in town ..... 
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Rushford Village special meeting

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Rushford Village held a special public meeting regarding outdoor/open burning on August 26, 2009.

Mayor Johnson welcomed the more than twenty citizens present and explained that the purpose of the meeting was to have an open disc ..... 
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Eagle Cliff bicyclists continue unsafe passage

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike McGrath addressed the Fillmore County Board about the continuing hazard along State Highway 16 for bicyclists traveling from Eagle Cliff Campground to the Whalan bridge at the board's August 25 meeting. At the last opportunity for citizens' inp ..... 
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