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County supports revision of County Program Aid formula


Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner

At the county board’s December 1 meeting, coordinator Bobbie Vickerman explained the revisions of the County Program Aid (CPA) formula which were developed by the Association of Minnesota Counties’ (AMC) CPA work group. Chairman Duane Bakke maintained the revisions would create a floor and level out the distribution, plus add additional funding. The current formula makes it hard for counties to budget for essential services because of funding fluctuations.

Fillmore County lost $140,000 in CPA last year and another $76,735 this year. One-third of the state’s counties have lost 50% of this funding since 2005. The proposed formula is designed to reduce volatility and to provide a fair distribution of CPA. Contributing to the volatility for rural counties with the current formula are the significant increases in agricultural land values over the past decade which have caused a loss of CPA dollars due to increases in a county’s adjusted net tax capacity.

The state appropriation to the CPA for 2015 is equal to the 2005 appropriation, which poses a significant loss in real dollar value. The revisions include an increase of $40 million to the state appropriation, a guaranteed funding floor of $350,000 in tax base equalization aid for each county, and the creation of a cap of 5% on annual CPA losses.

Commissioner Randy Dahl noted that the loss in CPA funding contributes to most of the county’s levy increase.

A resolution was adopted endorsing the revisions. All counties are being asked by AMC to support the proposed revisions by resolution. This is an AMC legislative priority.

Other business in brief

• Vickerman reviewed discussed adjustments to the preliminary budget. The adjustments still allow for part-time (not full-time as requested) positions for Information Systems and court security. Bakke commented that the money left in these departmental budgets doesn’t necessarily mean that either part-time position will be filled. The final levy will be set in two weeks. The preliminary levy had an increase of 4.99%. It can go lower, but can not be raised.

• A resolution adopting the county’s Emergency Operations Plan was approved. The plan is required to be updated every four years. Emergency Manager Kevin Beck had made the changes requested by Bakke at the last meeting including, but not limited to, adding Greenleafton W .....
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Rep. Davids announces public facilities loan for city of Harmony

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MN - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) has learned that the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) has awarded a Drinking Water Revolving Fund loan to the city of Harmony. “I commend the local and state officials who wo ..... 
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Clarification

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

In the November 30, 2015 front page article titled “Cheryl Krage named Director of Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce”, it was implied in the headline that Cheryl was taking the position of Director for the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce. Three ..... 
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Rushford Village preps for public hearing

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a remarkably short council meeting, Tuesday, December 1, the Rushford Village Council briefly touched on details of an upcoming public hearing which they hope will shed some light on a path to fixing city roadways. Scheduled for Wednesday, Decemb ..... 
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County budget puts limits on filling all requested positions

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner The Fillmore County board at their November 24 meeting had an extended discussion on how to meet departmental requests for additional positions while remaining within the certified preliminary levy increase of 4.9%. The requests ..... 
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Spring Valley Council OK’s new policies

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 6 p.m. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and city administrator Deb Zimmer. Bill Bires and Jeff Vehrenkamp w ..... 
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Chatfield approves 2016 fee ordinance

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the November 23 Chatfield City Council meeting, the first consideration of the 2016 proposed fee schedule was approved. Councilors Robert Pederson and Paul Novotny were absent. City Clerk Joel Young noted changes in the fee sc ..... 
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Possible ordinance changes in 2016

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner Interim zoning administrator Cristal Adkins reported on some Fillmore County Ordinance changes and additions to be considered in the coming year at the Planning Commission’s November 19 meeting. Retreat Center as a conditional ..... 
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Rushford approves assessments; discusses library fund cuts

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner There were more than a dozen interested community members at the Monday, November 23 Rushford Council meeting as the council discussed several items impacting many. First on agenda business was a public hearing to receive comme ..... 
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