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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.

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Area resident is a Lottery winner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Congratulations to Ryan Stamer of Chatfield. Stamer won $20,000 by playing the Lottery’s Neon 2s scratch game. Stamer claimed the prize on November 29, 2012. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 415 Main Ave N in Harmony. Proceeds fro ..... 
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Arlo D. Rowland

Mon, Dec 3rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Arlo D. Rowland, 86, of Chatfield, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Arlo Duane Rowland was born Dec. 15, 1925, to Merle and Maggie Rowland in Gary (Deuel County), South Dakota. Arlo lived with his parents in s ..... 
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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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Birth Announcement - Aiden Michael Jonsgaard

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Aiden Michael Jonsgaard Avrianna is proud to announce the arrival of her brother Aiden born on their mother’s birthday November 8, 2012, weighing 8 lbs, 21 1/2 inches long. Parents are Michael and Brianna Jonsgaard of Rochester. Grandparents ar ..... 
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Letter about presidential election

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

Letter about presidential election To the Editor, Well, it seems that catchy slogans and childish slanders have won over the United States again. We should all be very concerned about this country’s future. Given our current financial status, on ..... 
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Mavis Severson

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Mavis Severson Mavis Severson, 89, of Chatfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, where she had resided since Jan, 3, 2008. Mavis Finseth was born May 13, 1923, in Fountain, to Justin and Ida Rose (Skrukrud) ..... 
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Chatfield School Board hears good news from audit report

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met on Monday, November 19 with all members present at this regular monthly meeting. In addition to those who normally report to the board, auditor Alan Anderson was also present to present the 2011 ..... 
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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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