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Lanesboro City Council approves budget and levy


Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the 2014 Budget and Levy at their regular meeting on December 2. The levy was set at $503,747.

The Truth in Taxation Hearing was held during the meeting. No residents came forward with concerns or questions.

Theresa Coleman of the Public Utilities Commission commended City Administrator David Todd and everyone else involved on the tough job of putting together a budget.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates recommends a city has enough reserves to cover six months of operating expenses. In Lanesboro’s case, this would amount to about $300,000. The reserves for 2014 come to $50,000.

Todd mentioned how the city had been dipping into the reserves to cover operating expenses, and how over the years, these reserves have dwindled. “We need to commit to a plan to get out of this hole,” he said.

Todd went on to say that although he doesn’t live in Lanesboro, he cares deeply about the success of the city, and said they are at a “tipping point” with their finances. “Something needs to be done,” he said.

The budget, which was ultimately approved, is what Todd called a “bare bones” budget, purely what it costs to run the city. He said he didn’t want to give the council an inflated budget, so cuts were made from the preliminary budget. The original budget was 107 percent of the tax capacity. The final budget, which was ultimately approved, was at 99 percent. This is higher than the city had been operating previously, but still not as high as some communities in the area.

Two ways the city can increase the reserves are to pad the operating accounts with extra money, or to dedicate funds specifically for that purpose.

Todd has spoken to the department heads about their budgets because he believes they know better than anyone where corners can be cut.

Councilor Tom Smith felt the council should be looking closely at cutting some costs instead of padding the budgets with extra money. He felt if there was extra money in the budget, it was likely to be spent.

Todd replied if there was no padding, something unforeseen could happen, and when they go to the reserves to cover it, there won’t be anything there, leaving a line of credit as the only option for the city.

“We have a fantastic work force here, guys that truly care, and I believe that if they don .....
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Lanesboro discusses Amish vendors

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A crowd of people, including several from the Amish community, attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 4 to discuss vendors doing businesses at Sylvan Park. Mayor Steve Rahn explained the Amish have been selling food and other items ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at employee health insurance

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

At the regular city council meeting on October 8, City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council about the Affordable Care Act and city employee health insurance. According to Todd, the city has three choices. They can do nothing at all, since t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council talks trees

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Street/Park Director Andy Drake approached the city council regarding several ash trees at Sylvan Park and around town that are dying. He said they trimmed the dead parts off the trees last year, but they need it again. He suggested they b ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves Conditional Use Permits

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Two public hearings were held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on August 5. The first one was from Richard Horihan, owner of RLH Grain. Horihan had requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to put up a new drying b ..... 
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David Todd takes over as City Administrator in Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

David Todd came to Minnesota all the way from Maryville, Mo. to start a new life and a new job. In June, he took over the position of the city administrator of Lanesboro, Minn. Todd is now living in Rochester, Minn. with his wife, Hilarie and the ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at Capital Improvement Plan

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates spoke to the Lanesboro City Council about the Capital Improvement plan for the next several years. Using a spreadsheet, Bubany showed the council what the effect would be on taxes, utility rates ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears audit report

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Jason Boynton of Smith Schafer and Associates presented the 2012 audit report at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on June 3. Boynton went over the main points of the revenues and expenditures. The property tax revenue was very close to ..... 
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Lanesboro hires new City Administrator

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved offering the job of City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer to David Todd at their regular meeting on May 6. Todd had been interviewed along with three other candidates last month. After some discussion, it was agre ..... 
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