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Preston approves TIF District for B & B Bowl


Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown & Associates, reviewed the tax increment financing plan for TIF District no. 9 at Preston’s June 6 council meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent.

Public hearings were held for both the establishment of the new TIF District no. 9 and for the modification of TIF District no. 7, which involves the Gehling and Dairy and Farm redevelopment projects.

TIF District no. 9 will involve three parcels with a current estimated market value of about $262,000. With the planned development of the new B & B Bowl, the property value of the three parcels is expected to go up to $600,000, an increase of $338,100. Without the establishment of the TIF District, Paul & Shelly Hanson would not likely rebuild. This development of the property will increase the city’s future tax capacity. The TIF budget will be $284,511, which is to be repaid during the 26-year life of the TIF District. An interest rate of 4% is included.

No comment was made by the public during the hearing. The council approved the establishment of TIF District no. 9, authorization of signatures, and the adoption of the TIF plan.

A modification of TIF District no. 7, the authorization of signatures, and the adoption of the modification plan for the district was approved after a public hearing. There was no comment from the public. Bubany explained that TIF District no. 7 was created in 2014 to assist the Gehling and Dairy and Farm projects. Modifications of a TIF plan can be made in the first five years of the TIF District. The projected values of the two developments are higher than earlier estimates, so the amount budgeted (in the TIF budget) is not sufficient.

The total increase in market value of the properties is expected to be $1.5 million. The modified TIF budget of $1,025,114 (the original budget was $642,000) will be repaid over the life of the TIF District. A 4% interest rate is included.

2015 audit

Pam Ristau, CPA, reviewed the 2015 audit. She issued an unqualified, clean opinion for the city of Preston. The governmental fund balance decreased by $236,675. Overall enterprise funds including Preston Public Utilities increased by $160,441.

In 2015, the 2014 street improvement project was completed, including streets, water and sewer improvements. These improvements increased the city’s assets.

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You choose: elect or appoint

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County commissioners are considering putting two questions on the November ballot to let the people decide. They will consider a resolution for referenda at their June 14 meeting. The questions could read “Shall the office of auditor/tre ..... 
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TZD 12th annual Regional Workshop offered ideas to make roads safer

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Sheriff Tom Kaase On Thursday, May 5, Fillmore County Health Public Health Educator Brenda Pohlman, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Derek Fuglestad, and I, Sheriff Tom Kaase attended the 12th annual TZD (Towards Zero Deaths) Regional ..... 
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Roof options for Preston City Hall

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the May 16 Preston City Council meeting, options to repair and/or replace the roof on city hall was discussed. Architect Terry Grubbs had given estimates for needed exterior work on the building, which he suggested be completed in three phases. T ..... 
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2016 Legislative session in review

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Some priorities going into the 2016 legislative session, including a comprehensive, long term transportation bill, a public works bonding bill including water and sewer projects, and a real ID bill, were left unfinished when time ran out. A bill t ..... 
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Rushford selects city administrator candidate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford has closed in on its choice for new city administrator, after four months of discussion, review of the job and selection process, and interviews. February 8 the city council declared a vacancy for the position following the resi ..... 
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Spring Valley moving ahead with street repairs

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, May 23, 2016. All members were in attendance (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). The council approved minutes of the May 9 meet ..... 
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Harmon receives Preservation Award

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the May 23 meeting of the Chatfield City Council Chris Giesen, chairman of the Chatfield Heritage Preservation Commission, presented the 2016 preservation award to Steve Harmon. May is Preservation Month and each year since 2009 this award has ..... 
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County discusses possible referendum

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the May 24 county board meeting, commissioners discussed the possibility of a referendum to let the people decide whether the positions of auditor/treasurer and county recorder should be appointed or continue to be elected. This was a very prel ..... 
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