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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be lower, but it can not be higher. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

City administrator Joe Hoffman warned that the city may be looking at a similar or larger increase next year.

City staff had been directed by the council at the September 2 meeting to identify possible cuts to reduce the then 14 percent proposed levy increase to 7 percent or less. This required budget reductions of at least $51,500. Hoffman reviewed possible areas that could be reduced to get to the 6.94 percent levy increase, reminding the council that they have the authority to determine just where the cuts will be made.

It was apparent that there was some disagreement among council members as to where these reductions will come from. Councilman Robert Maust moved to cut the budget an additional $8,000 or so to reduce the preliminary levy more. Mayor Kurt Reicks was concerned that if the budget was cut more than the current proposal, it would result in the need for a greater levy increase next year. Councilman Charles Sparks agreed, saying that if we cut too much this year, we’ll be in a worse place next year. Reicks replied, “exactly.”

Hoffman showed the council on a spread sheet the possible budget numbers for the city over several years. He demonstrated how shifts in the numbers can cause greater, uneven jumps in the levy in future years. Hoffman explained that his intent has been to keep levy increases as level as possible.

Sparks said if we can come to an agreement to cut more by December, we can do that. The motion to cut more at this time failed. A motion to certify the preliminary levy at a 6.94 percent increase was approved. The actual 2015 budget reductions were not yet agreed upon, but there will have to be at least a total budget reduction of $51,913.

Bond Sale for Industrial Park

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, reviewed his recommendation for General Obligation bonds to finance the utility extensions and improvements for the Industrial Park. The total amount of the bond issue is $640,000. He recommended a competitive bond sale which would require more up front costs, but result in a lower interest rate and a greater .....
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SEMAC announces October grant application deadline

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

ANNOUNCING CALL FOR PROPOSALS åThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. The Southeastern Minnesot ..... 
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Houston City Council discusses golf cart fees

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on September 8. At the meeting, the council agreed on changes to the city’s golf cart policy. They agreed to keep the fee for a permit at $50; however the permit will now be good for two years instead of one ..... 
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Rushford reviews lodging tax; sets preliminary levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford will be reviewing the expenditure of funds raised by the three percent lodging tax currently in place. Spurred by input from new, local motel owners John and Eileen Loken, the effort will be geared towards further clarification ..... 
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Jail inspection report reviewed

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen reviewed the 2014 Fillmore County Jail inspection report at the county board’s September 9 meeting. The jail is inspected every two years by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Jensen noted some areas that were not cons ..... 
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Mabel addresses unsatisfactory subgrade dirt issue with contractor

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on September 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. Mayor Brian Street was not present at the meeting. Council member Terry Torkelson was acting mayor. Four representatives from the Mabel-Canton junior class were present to ask permissio ..... 
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Peterson’s County 25 hearing draws full house

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 assessment policy adopted in April and estimated assessments have gone out to property owners. Expected is a full reconstruction on the county state aid highway, including curb, gutter, catch basins, and sidewalks, as well as the water ..... 
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Lanesboro declared an Arts Campus

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

John Davis was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 2 with an update on the Arts Campus project. “First I want to thank the city and the park board for their support with this initiative,” said Davis. He added Lanesboro is getti ..... 
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Efforts to trim 2015 county budget continue

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the September 2 Fillmore County Board meeting the most recent 2015 budget numbers and ways to further reduce the proposed 2015 levy were discussed. As of August 29 the proposed budget numbers would lead to a 8.85 percent levy increase. Commission ..... 
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