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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.

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Lanesboro School Board approves audit report

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the 2012 Audit Report at the regular meeting on November 21. Ristau said it was a good year for the district, with strong fund balances. The food service fund increased this year, and ..... 
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Live Nativity at Lanesboro United Methodist Church

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

From a “dirty” nativity with travel-worn shepherds to elaborate stained glass windows, people have many ways to tell the story of the first Christmas. On Sunday December 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the Lanesboro United Methodist Church will have an ..... 
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Lanesboro Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company

Wed, Nov 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company is proud to introduce readers to the first issue of Lost Lake Folk Opera magazine. The arts heartbeat and journalistic pulse of rural Mid-America is available in stores and online now! LLFO V1-N1 feat ..... 
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Maynard Duane Gilbertson

Tue, Nov 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Maynard Duane Gilbertson, 84, of Lanesboro, Minn., died Monday morning at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Maynard was born July 12, 1929 to Alvin and Golda (Guttormson) near Henrytown in Fillmore County. He went to work on the family f ..... 
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Charlotte Joanne Neldner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Charlotte died Friday evening, November 15, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at her daughter Barbara’s home in Elgin. Charlotte Joanne VandeZande was born March 26, 1940 in Forestville, MN to Harold and Della (Frazer) VandeZande. She attend ..... 
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Slant Avenue Mercantile offers many unique items

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There is a place in Fillmore County that can put a different slant in your attitude. A place where you can get lost in all of the diverse and unique offerings available to patrons of the store. The name of that business is Slant Avenue Mercantile ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 2014 season

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — In 2014, the Commonweal Theatre Company will embark on season 26 and lay the groundwork for the next 25 years of producing quality theatre as southeastern Minnesota’s premiere professional resident theatre company. “With 25 ..... 
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Lanesboro business makes scents

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found any ..... 
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