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Chatfield 2013 final levy increase less than two percent


Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner

During the Chatfield city council’s last meeting of 2012, councilors approved the final 2013 levy and budget. City Clerk Joel Young detailed the numbers for the city. The preliminary levy had been approved in September at an increase of just less than five percent. Young explained that changes to the preliminary budget, consisting of cost reductions and revenue increases totaling $34,847, allowed the 2013 levy increase to be reduced to 1.95 percent. Reductions in the wage increase for city employees to 1.9 percent, from three percent contributed to the savings. One other reduction was managed through reduced swimming pool expenses. Increases in revenue from both the swimming pool and an increase of police aid from the state also contributed to making up the difference.

Even with the uptick in the levy, most private residences will experience a decrease in next year’s property taxes. Young noted that overall real estate value for the city saw about a $3 million loss in value, mostly from residential property values. When some classes of property go up in value and others go down, there is a shift in the tax burden. Business and industrial properties will likely experience a higher increase in their total property taxes than the city’s levy increase of 1.9 percent. County, school district and city property values and funding is all baked into the cake.

The city strove to “limit the financial burden on residents during this time of economic stress.” Young noted that costs of doing business continually go up. He maintained that the city’s goal is to maintain strong safety departments and continue to invest in infrastructure and facilities, while protecting the city’s strong bond rating. The main cost drivers in the budget included personnel costs, fire department services, library services, EDA allocation, and the general fund subsidy to the sanitary sewer. Center for the Arts funding did not contribute to the levy increase. Young said the Center does have a declining fund balance and use of the facility continues to increase.

No additional debt was issued by the city in 2012, but refunding of the 2008 series resulted in interest savings of $328,000 over the life of the bonds. The reduction of $17,000 per year in debt service payments saved 1.4 percent from being added to the levy.

There was no comment from the public during the public comment period on the 20 .....
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Chatfield increases water and sewer rates

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 26 Chatfield City Council meeting an amended list of Particular Fees, Fines and Charges under Ordinance 406 was unanimously adopted. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. All city fees, fines, and charges will remain constant with th ..... 
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Chatfield adopts new policy for sale or disposal of city equipment

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council meeting on November 13 was sandwiched in between an extended meeting of the Committee of the Whole. Discussions at the Committee of the Whole included reviews of the 2013 operating budget and the anticipa ..... 
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A disc golf course for Chatfield?

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilor Paul Novotny reported during the October 22 city council meeting that there is a proposal for a Disc Golf Course in Chatfield. Councilor Josh Thompson was absent. The proposal for the 9 hole Disc Golf Course at Mill Creek Park had been ..... 
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Chatfield officer receives traffic safety award

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield Officer Grace McCallum was awarded a certificate of accomplishment and given a commendation letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She was one of four officers in the state of Minnesota to receive the award. She ..... 
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Chatfield sets preliminary levy and budget for 2013

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young stated at the council’s September 10 meeting that the proposed levy increase is now at 4.8 percent, down from a few weeks ago. A total of ten thousand was removed from the preliminary budget of which $5,000 reduced the levy ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts, local landmark designation

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Robert Vogel, Preservation Planner, explained to the Chatfield City Council at their August 27 meeting the process to designate the Center for the Arts as a local landmark. Paul Novotny was absent. Vogel had submitted a report to the Heritage Pres ..... 
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Chatfield to upgrade paging antennae

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chief Shane Fox explained that the current repeater is not capable of narrow band operation during the Chatfield City Council’s August 13 meeting. It is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that all public safety mobile radios ..... 
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2012 Public Works projects and purchases

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported to the Chatfield City Council at their July 23 meeting that they had received six bids for the 2012 Water Distribution Improvements. The low bid was from Zenke, Inc. of La Crescent with a ..... 
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