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Preston sets preliminary budget and levy


Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

City Administrator Joe Hoffman summarized the proposed adjustments to the 2017 budget at the city council’s September 20 meeting.

As discussed at the September 6 meeting, there is a $129,282 Twenty-14 Project surplus. Using just a portion of the surplus each year to reduce the amount levied for the bond payment for a period of years will help keep the payments level. The bond payment for 2017 derived from levy dollars will therefore be reduced by about $41,000 through the use of the surplus and the reallocation of assessed bond proceeds. However, reducing the levy in this way will forfeit the chance of paying off the bond early.

The storm water account is in deficit. One way to fix that deficit is to levy dollars for that account. A total of $22,028 is to be levied for the storm water account in 2017 to get that account back on track.

An early draft projected a levy increase of 6.77%. With these adjustments, the preliminary levy for 2017 has been reduced to an increase of 4.32%, or $34,450. A resolution to adopt the 2017 preliminary levy to be set at $831,494 (a 4.32% increase) was approved unanimously.

City hall exterior

improvements

All quotes were rejected that had been submitted for roofing, insulated stucco finish (EIFS) on the north wall, and a steel framed rubber roof canopy. Hoffman said they sought and received quotes for all three phases of the exterior improvements. Architect Terry Grubbs has recommended rejecting all quotes, as some contractors have said they missed some of the requirements spelled out in the specifications.

Hoffman suggested that they also look into an off-the-shelf canopy because of the rather steep cost of the canopy quoted (only one quote).

Hoffman was clearly frustrated, insisting our specifications were clear. The city also held an inspection meeting which was not attended by the contractors. Hoffman was concerned about the integrity of the quoting process.

Councilman Robert Maust maintained they should have a 5% bond requirement. Hoffman said he felt a bond requirement would raise the quotes.

It was noted that funds for the city hall improvements will come out of reserves.

The timetable was discussed. It is more likely the improvements will now be done in the spring. The council has made an effort to have the work done by late April, so .....
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County discusses courthouse security

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Sheriff Tom Kaase presented his department’s budget proposals for 2017 at the September 13 county board meeting. During his presentation, courthouse security options were discussed. Kaase has about $77,000 included in his budge ..... 
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Preston discusses 2017 budget

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented some possible adjustments to the 2017 budget at the city council’s September 6 meeting. Councilman Dave Harrison was absent. The initial draft of the budget was discussed at the August 2 ..... 
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County to trim 2017 Budget

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner At the September 6 meeting of the county board, the commissioners, by consensus, set a goal to limit the levy increase to less than 6 or 7%. County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman reviewed preliminary numbers for 2017. Vickerman sai ..... 
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Preston discusses 2017 budget

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The preliminary draft details of Preston’s 2017 budget were discussed at the council’s August 23 meeting. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent. The portion of the budget for operations, which includes the general fund, police, fire, street, to ..... 
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County awarded funds

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The Minnesota State Set-Aside Committee for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program has recommended $2,800 be awarded to Fillmore County. The money is awarded by the Department of Homeland Security and used to provide emergency food and shelter ..... 
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County’s aging computer system

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman lead the discussion about the need to purchase new servers at the county board’s August 23 meeting. Commissioner Mitch Lentz was absent. During the review of the Information Systems (IS) budget Vickerman recom ..... 
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Meet the interim auditor/treasurer

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Carrie Huffman was appointed by the county board of commissioners on June 7 to serve as the interim auditor/treasurer. She will serve as A/T until the end of the elected term of Shirl Boelter, who resigned on May 31. Kristina Kohn, Human Resources ..... 
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2017 County budgeting

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the August 2 meeting of the county board, several department heads reviewed their proposed 2017 budgets comparing them to 2016. All departments are figuring a possible 7% increase in health insurance rates and a 2.5% cost of living wage increase ..... 
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