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Chatfield reduces 2015 proposed levy increase


Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government



Two public hearings were held at Chatfield’s December 8 meeting. The first was an assessment hearing on the 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Projects. The last, was the city’s Truth In Taxation hearing.

Properties along Bench Street had improvements to the street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, water and sanitary sewer systems. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, explained that some paving and miscellaneous work will be completed in the spring. The total proposed assessment is $183,785 and each property owner that received a new sanitary sewer service is to be assessed $1,254. Property owners can prepay any portion of the assessment prior to the certification of the assessment of the first installment to the county auditor. Any remaining unpaid balance can be paid spread out over a 10 year period with the general collectible taxes starting in 2015, interest to be added to the unpaid balance at a rate of 2.93 percent per annum.

The assessment amount of $1,254 is slightly lower than the estimate ($1,312) made this last spring at the improvement hearing. Only one comment came from the public. A business owner asked for clarification and noted the inconvenience and probable financial loss to the business during construction. The assessment roll as presented was approved.

A second resolution was approved for assessments against property owners along Twiford Street. The assessment totaling $134,879 will be assessed starting in 2016. Interest will begin accruing in 2015 at 2.93 percent. Dombrovski explained that per the development agreement the total cost of improvements including street, curb and gutter, water and sanitary sewer systems is to be assessed minus grant funds provided for this project. There is to be no cost to the city for these improvements.

Truth in taxation

City clerk Joel Young started his budget message by noting primary goals including, but not limited to: limiting increases in the levy, minimizing the sanitary sewer debt burden by using a portion of General Fund dollars to help with the debt, maintaining strong public safety services, maintaining city infrastructure, and protecting the city’s strong bond rating and strong financial position.

The city will temporarily reduce the street overlay budget from $125,000 to $15,000 to allow payment for extra debt expenses associated with the 2014 Street Improvement Project ($110,000). The police budget is to .....
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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with ..... 
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Mabel to receive new squad car and street lights

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on December 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Deputy Dan Dornink attended the meeting to discuss the purchase of a new squad car for the Mabel City Police Department. He acquired bids from Ford, Chev ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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Houston discusses townships paying their fair share

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston city council held their monthly meeting on December 8. While the meeting was shorter than usual, the council was able to take care of some important matters. The council adopted the final city budget and tax levy for 2015. The total le ..... 
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Spring Valley approves 2015 budget

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks A regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held on December 8 at 6 p.m. Following the Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and approved December preliminary accoun ..... 
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Production brewery approved by Fountain city council

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

During its regular monthly meeting on December 4, 2014 the Fountain City Council unanimously approved a zoning permit and an off-sale brewery liquor license for a production brewery and tap room for resident Eric Luoma. This would include the sal ..... 
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Wykoff approves change order for waste treatment center

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

Wykoff city council held a special meeting on November 18 to speak with a representative from the engineering company hired to complete the new waste water treatment center. At their previous regular council meeting, a change order had been submitt ..... 
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GasBuddy update

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

December 1, 2014- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.66/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national a ..... 
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