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Spring Valley focuses on financials


Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The focus of the Spring valley City Council on Monday, February 9, was focused on the financial situation of the city and what the various departments can do to deal with the certain shortfalls that will happen not only this year, but years down the road.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that there are some departments that might be able to trim funds but most of the budgets are set, such as the Library and the Ambulance.

"Right now Coop is at the break even level", said Zimmer. Of concern will be the Medicare dollars which are being picked up through the General Fund.

The EDA and Parks appear to be in a position of having a few extra dollars to trim. EDA does have some reserves, approximately $20,000 and these will be cut and the Park Department will be required to carve out 5 to 10-percent. "Just tell me how much to cut and I'll make it up somewhere," John Fenske told the council.

Zimmer continued by saying that the City needs to cut 92 to 93 thousand dollars this year and $300,000 over three years. In the past, the General Fund has come to the rescue of any department that came up short and Zimmer said that will probably be the case over three years.

Other business

• Waste Management was at the meeting to present two checks of aluminum recycling money. The first was for $396.80 to the Black Dragon Demo Team for recycling 1,240 pounds of aluminum cans. Youth Fast Pitch Softball received $328.00 for 820 pounds of aluminum cans.

• The Spring Valley Ambulance Association donated $948.00 to the City to purchase automatic garage door openers. The Rural Fire Board will be meeting on March 4th to put together specs for a new pickup to be used as a grass rig.

Lanesboro city council discusses budget woes

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council got closer to deciding their 2009 budget cuts at their regular meeting February 2. Governor Pawlenty's proposed budget will mean a cut in Lanesboro's LGA (Local Government Aid) of $31,116 in 2009 and $61,000 in 2010.
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Preston looking to cut $30,000 more

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered options to the city council on how to re-budget for 2009 at their February 2 meeting. Hoffman noted that the expected cuts of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state for this year creates an unusual situation ..... 
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Recession increases demand for Social Services

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd gave some ballooning and troubling statistics of increased demand for services due to the depressed economy at the board's February 3 meeting. Food stamp cases went from 322 in January 2008, to 399 in De ..... 
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County amends Computer Replacement Policy

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at their January 27 meeting. In accordance with their ongoing effort to rein in costs where possible an amendment to the computer replacement policy was amended to read "as needed," removing wording for a ..... 
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Rushford hires fundraising firm for library project

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Minus one-member, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously last Monday, January 26, to enter into a contract with Winona-based consultants, Crescendo-LLP, to "manage and direct" a capital campaign designed to raise $1.2-million for con ..... 
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Preston concerned over expected LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the city council as to expected Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts from the state at the January 20 meeting. He said that more will be known when the Governor Pawlenty's budget is released on January 27.

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Lanesboro City Council looks at budget scenarios

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

The main issue on the agenda was the budget when the Lanesboro City Council met on January 20. Administrator Bobbie Vickerman came up with some budget scenarios for the council to consider.

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County Board looking for reform in government

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another list of housekeeping items dominated the second county board meeting of the new year on January 13. An informal discussion among the commissioners gave glimpses of possible reforms and planning to further control costs and to better work wit ..... 
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