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Chatfield freezes employee pay for 2010


Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council approved the maintenance of pay for all city employees at 2009 levels for 2010 at their December 14 meeting. A resolution freezing wages was adopted effective January, 2010. Mayor Les Knutson was absent due to his recent illness.

The resolution to support the decision noted continuing budget deficits from the state causing further expected losses of Local Government Aid (LGA). The overall weakness of the economy and higher unemployment rates make property tax increases inadequate to provide pay raises without limiting services to local residents.

City Clerk Joel Young said the personnel committee had discussed the problem over the past months. The city traditionally uses the Chained Consumer Price Index to determine pay adjustments. This index recently actually showed a .5 percent decrease. Councilor Ken Jacobson suggested if they went with past history there would be a .5 percent reduction. He maintained it was better to freeze all pay rather than have a drop.

Young said if step increases were allowed the total cost to the city would be about $18,000. Acting Mayor Paul Novotny remarked he was sure they would take another hit in 2010, meaning a loss of LGA funds from the state. He suggested the best result would be for all of the employees to keep their jobs. There would be a reduced probability of the city having to lay someone off with the pay freeze. Novotny suggested the reductions in LGA funding could continue to be a problem over the next four to six years.

2010 budget and levy hearing

During a public hearing for truth in taxation, Joel Young gave a summarization of work and improvements provided by the city in 2009. The city had eliminated part-time employees in public works and in the police department. Young noted most funds will be pretty flat. Public safety has comprised the city's number one expenditure.

The LGA has been the city's number one source of revenue up to this point. Young said in 2010, property tax will become the number one source of revenue for the city with the continuing losses of LGA from the state. The levy is proposed to increase 5 percent over 2010. Young noted the city has lost about 18 percent of its LGA funds over a two year period. Even with the levy increase the city will have an overall smaller budget.

Young suggested that with a home valued at $158,000 the home owner would be paying about $2.41 per day for general city services. Not a .....
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Pilot Mound Township meeting draws a crowd

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Following the detailed events of the November 9 Pilot Mound Township meeting that was covered in the November 23 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the next monthly meeting was sure to draw a crowd from Pilot Mound residents concerned with the con ..... 
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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 p ..... 
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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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