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Chatfield reviews audit report


Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Chatfield City Council's March 22 meeting the annual audit report conducted by Smith Schafer and Associates, LTD, was presented by Jason Boynton and accepted by the council. Boynton said it was their opinion that the city's financial statements were fairly stated, granting the city an unqualified "clear" opinion.

The tax capacity of the city has increased from $975,046 in 2002 to $1,727,973 in 2009. The increase is because of community growth and increased market values of property. The primary revenue for the city, which is produced through property taxes, was $933,543 and constitutes 32 percent of the city's revenue. Local Government Aid (LGA) comprised 27 percent of the city's revenue, which is expected to continue to be reduced in the coming years.

Water, sewer, and garbage services are generally supported by charges for the services. However, the service charge income falls slightly short for the garbage service and considerably short for the sewer service. Garbage rates have been increased recently, representing the first rate increase in a number of years. City Clerk Joel Young made it clear that the less than adequate sewer revenue was a problem. Boynton said the sewer revenues coming in were covering the operating costs, but there are depreciation loses. Young noted the city increased sewer rates at the beginning of last year in an effort to provide revenue for the first principal payment on the sewer plant in 2009. However, he speculated that residents must have practiced conservation because the revenue coming in in 2009 was about the same as 2008. He added revenue has to be increased one way or another to meet the increased need for debt service for the plant.

The unreserved fund balance for the general fund was $1,172,205. This is 72 percent of next year's total general fund property tax levy, local government aid and market value credit. Boynton explained that it is policy for this figure to be 40 percent to 60 percent. He said considering the state's current deficit and intention to cut LGA further, this is a good place for the city to be. The excess may be used to buffer the substantial cut expected this year. Young said the unreserved fund balance is a direct result of the cuts the city made in February and March of 2009. The legislature reinstituted some of the cuts which put Chatfield in a better position to go into 2010 than was anticipated.

The city reduced its total outstanding debt obligations .....
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Ban on large assemblies recommended

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The board room was overflowing with about a dozen more people standing out in the hallway at the March 25 meeting of Fillmore County Planning and Zoning. The agenda for the night was packed with public hearings on a variety of issues that kept the b ..... 
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Fillmore County health

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Fillmore County Board's March 23 meeting, much of the discussion was related to public health issues. Commissioner Tom Kaase was absent due to a scheduled test for advancement at his work place.

Brenda Pohlman, Public Health, reported ..... 
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Another campground north of the Root River Trail

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 9, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Man ..... 
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Rushford City Council considers Village water issue

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a potential arrangement between the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village reared its head again at the Monday, March 22nd, meeting. Regarding the state of the water supply, the Village is facing an increasingly urgent matter ..... 
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Budweiser cans, pot holes and trailer park trash

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

Spring Valley's City Council met during its regular monthly meeting, Monday, March 22nd, at 6 p.m. Two members were absent.

Minutes from the March 8th meeting, as well as the list of accounts payable items, were approved with no discussion.< ..... 
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Ostrander discusses website

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Thompson. Mayor Linda Schwenn and councilman Christenson were absent.

Motion was made by Ruehmann and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carri ..... 
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National Passport Day

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer's Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating "Passport Day in the USA." This is the second annual national passport acceptance and outreach event. The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer's Office at ..... 
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Budget concerns reign over Preston agenda

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman admitted the necessary reductions in the 2010 budget were overshadowing every item in the Preston City Council's March 15 agenda. He suggested the recently announced lower state deficit, which could reduce additional c ..... 
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