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Preston adopts preliminary 2009 budget


Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman detailed nearly $21,000 in further budget reductions for 2009 at the council's September 3 meeting. Half of those cuts came from $11,000 less of an increase in health insurance premiums than expected. The total expected levy is to be $631,731 compared to $540,680 last year. The percentage change is 16.84%. However, Hoffman expects that 11 or 12% of that increase will come from POET Biorefining leaving a 5 or 6% increase for the rest of Preston property owners.

With the POET TIF being decertified starting with the 2009 tax year the council hopes to increase the street overlay budget by about $60,000 with the help of the widened tax base. The preliminary budget has to be set before September 15. Once set, it can be reduced but not raised before the final levy for 2009 is set in December.

Preston will hold its Truth In Taxation Hearing on Tuesday, December 2 and if a second meeting is necessary it will be held on Wednesday, December 17.

Flood Buyout

Joe Hoffman and Councilman Robert Sauer prioritized a list of properties that are located in the floodway, close to the river. At the council's meeting on August 25 Hazel Riehl had requested that the city buy out her home. FEMA and the DNR offer flood buyout programs. Seventy-five percent of the cost could be reimbursed by FEMA with the DNR paying fifty percent of the difference leaving the city responsible for twelve and one half percent.

Hoffman and Sauer created a list of properties that have the greatest risk. Riehl's property was not on the list because her property is located on the flood fringe and would not pose the greatest risk for future flood damage.

Joe Hoffman said that the next step is to contact the owners of the twelve listed properties. The owners would need to request the buyout. Hoffman expects that the city could afford to aid in the buyout of one property per year. He noted that none of the owners may be interested in a buyout. Two other properties included were HSBC Bank USA which has an acquisition in progress and Harmony Agri Services, Inc. which they listed as unlikely to be acquired. Properties need to have a demonstration of flood losses to be considered by FEMA.

Sauer maintained that properties in the floodway should not have new structures built, but building in the flood fringe could be appropriate with certain building practices. He suggested that the damning up of flood water could be reduced by .....
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County working to reduce 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown detailed the proposed 2009 budget to the Fillmore County Board at their September 2 meeting. Duane Bakke was absent. She explained that overall there will not be an increase in health insurance costs.

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Debris Grant criteria expanded to include ag

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Expansion of the criteria for eligibility for Debris Grant funds available after the 2007 flood was discussed at the August 26 meeting. There is nearly $300,000 left to be dispersed. Commissioner Marc Prestby noted that the deadline for the distribu ..... 
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Street plans next step in Rushford motel project

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Plans to develop 23-acres of land on Rushford's northern border with the Village moved another step forward at last Monday's August 25, 2008 City council meeting. Minus Laura Deering, council members Dahl, Johnson, Benson and Mayor Ladewi ..... 
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Preston tennis court nears completion

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Treasurer Chuck Aug of the Preston Area Community Foundation presented checks to the Preston City Council totaling over $70,000 at the city council's August 25 meeting be used for the city's tennis court project. He explained that $25,000 was an out ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the vario ..... 
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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois ..... 
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Lanesboro issues bonds for capital improvement projects

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has approved selling bonds to finance Capital Improvement Projects that will be done in the next year. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. explained how the bonds will be paid off, and how it will affect the city's tax ..... 
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Airport to get Fixed Base Operator building

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An amendment was approved to reflect a corrected design for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building for the Fillmore County Airport at the county board's August 12 meeting. The low quote from Northland Builders, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in th ..... 
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