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Rushford sets levy at $550,000


Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council passed a resolution setting the maximum levy for 2007 at $550,000, the same amount as set for 2006 at their regular council meeting September 11. Since there was no increase, the city would not have needed to set public hearings on the proposed budget and property taxes. The council, however, decided to still hold hearings to give the citizens a chance to voice their opinions. The Truth in Taxation hearing is set for December 4 with a continuation hearing, if needed, set for December 11. The levy adoption hearing will also be on December 11. City administrator Windy Block agreed with the proposed levy remaining the same as in 2006, noting since the utility improvements had been quite aggressive this year, it was better to keep the budget down as much as possible.

Economic development received an increase from a total of $37,200 in 2006 to $75,226 in 2007. This increase is intended to help with the promotion of the TRW property as well as other development in the city. The general fund will see a transfer in of $30,000 from the liquor fund and $30,000 from the electric fund. City Clerk Kathy Zacher pointed out the Tyrol bond will be paid off in 2007 and the Scenic View bond will be paid off in 2008. Zacher also mentioned LGA has averaged around $6,000 more each year, not even a cost of living increase for the funding. When LGA was most drastically cut, the city's capital projects took a big hit and were postponed.

The city does not expect to need to purchase any major items this coming year; rather it will be a year of accumulating funding for future years. A new ambulance and a fire truck were purchased in the past year. The council intends to spend more time fine-tuning the budget before the end of the year.

Voting machines

Zacher enthusiastically explained the voting machine and tabulation equipment to the council. The primary election Tuesday was to be the first official use of the machines after a public testing of the equipment on Monday. Zacher informed the council it would be impossible to cross party lines in the primary; the machine would only give choices from the party the voter originally entered into the machine. The voting machine with its touch screen and Braille buttons was designed to enable anyone to vote. The tabulation machine counts the votes and provides a printout to be delivered to Preston in a much more timely fashion than in the past. Zacher had long wanted such .....
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Harmony City Council Report: Community Center improvements discussed

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On September 12 the Harmony City Council discussed the costs associated with building improvements to the Community Center. The council is investigating three phases of improvements. The first phase would improve the east side of the build ..... 
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County aims for 5 1/2% levy increase

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County budget for 2007 was again a topic for discussion at the September 5 board meeting. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefly reviewed the numbers. She explained that the numbers were not final, but the levy increase needed ..... 
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Whalan to annex land for subdivision

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ..... 
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Whalan to annex land for subdivision

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lighting up Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Lighting the town claimed much of the Lanesboro Council's attention as they met September 5. Streetlights for the downtown area were the first to be discussed. With an estimated cost of around $30,000 for the ten downtown lights and cement pads, fun ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: 4.8% Preston levy increase

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

The preliminary budget was approved at the September 5 meeting of the Preston City Council. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Council members charged City Administrator Joe Hoffman with the job of reducing the initial 13.67% increase detailed in the fir ..... 
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Generator case closed - Rushford pays $25,000

Fri, Sep 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - City Attorney Terry Chiglo reported to the Rushford City Council the results of the August 18 mediation session with Ziegler at their regular council meeting Monday, August 28. Previously, the council had turned down a settlement of $90,0 ..... 
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The arts, a good economic investment

Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The positive economic impact of the 'arts' was highlighted at the August 22 meeting of the Fillmore County Commissioners. Pat Alcott from the SE MN Arts Council (SEMAC) and Micheal-Jon Pease of Cornucopia Art Center promoted the 'arts' as ..... 
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