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Preston 2015 budget discussed


Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their August 20 meeting discussed options the city has to limit the levy increase in 2015. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman introduced the discussion draft for the 2015 budget which reflects all departmental requests and the city’s bond payment obligations. Due to those bond payment obligations for the 2014 street improvements and expected bond payments for the North Industrial Park improvements the tax levy for 2015 could see a $100,000 increase or more than 14 percent.

Hoffman asked the council what numerical increase in the budget/levy the staff should work toward. The council agreed that a 14 percent increase that was shown in the discussion draft was not acceptable. By consensus they requested that the proposed levy increase be whittled down to 7 percent or about $50,000.

How can the reductions be accomplished? The 2014 improvement bonding will require that $89,592 be included in 2015 budget/levy. Hoffman explained that $24,000 had been added to the discussion draft for the industrial park improvements. This figure could be eliminated or lowered for the 2015 budget as it was added to help level expenses for the 2016 budget. The discussion draft showed $90,000 budgeted in the street fund for ongoing street maintenance. Hoffman said this figure could be reduced for a few years to help smooth out levy increases. Staff will also go back to departments to get reductions in their requests where possible.

The city is expecting a slight increase in Local Government Aid for 2015. No increase in health insurance is anticipated. Salary increases for cost of living are yet to be determined.

Councilman Robert Maust maintained that budget priorities should benefit everybody instead of just a few. He requested figures from the city staff showing what the levy increase would cost property owners in certain market value levels. Those figures will be provided at the next meeting. The city has to approve a preliminary budget and levy by September 15.

Other Business In Brief

•There was considerable discussion during a public hearing on the proposed vacation of the 500 block of Winona St. near the Kneeskern property just south of Chatfield Avenue. The proposal was that 13 feet go to the property to the west and 33 feet go to the property to the east. The issue arose when surveying errors made over half a centu .....
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Preston works through property issues

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Numerous items on the August 4 Preston City Council agenda involved property issues. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Lot 1 (2.14 acres) of the Northwest Industrial Park is expected to be purchased by Rockny Moger, Bluff Country Manufacturing ..... 
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Preston wraps up details for North Industrial Park

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council worked through an unusually long agenda at their July 21 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. A public hearing was held related to the proposed utility improvements for the North Industrial Park. Brett Grabau, St ..... 
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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The city ..... 
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North Preston regional pond planned

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the feasibility report for a North Regional Pond at the Preston City Council’s June 16 meeting. Early in April when Grabau discussed the details of the feasibility study for the proposed North Industrial Park, se ..... 
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Preston to receive DEED grants

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced at the city council’s June 2 meeting that the city had just received notification of grant awards from DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development). Mayor Kurt Reicks and Councilman Da ..... 
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Preston endorses Root River restoration project

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the plans for the restoration project at the council’s May 19 meeting. Trout Unlimited requested the city’s endorsement for their plans to improve Root River access for anglers on land owned by the city o ..... 
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Preston street construction to start after Trout Days

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council May 5 meeting, City Administrator Joe Hoffman provided updates on the Twenty-14 and Industrial Park projects. Contractors are expected to start Twenty-14 street projects on May 19. Construction for the street projects w ..... 
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Preston’s new industrial park to go forward

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, presented information related to the plan for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 8 at the Preston City Council’s April 21 meeting. Three public hearings were held related to the industrial park, includi ..... 
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