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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.

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Scott Royce Hatfield

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Scott Royce Hatfield was born on February 23, 1943 in Austin, MN. He was the son of Leona (Scott) and Royce Hatfield. He grew up on a farm in Florenceville, IA and attended Cresco High School. He served in the US Navy for seven years as a Cryptolo ..... 
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Preston Historical Society announces raffle winners

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Historical Society conducted the drawing for the winners of the recent raffle fundraiser at their August Society meeting. Proceeds from the raffle will be used toward the caboose restoration and other Historical Society projects. The ..... 
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Engagement - Kafut ~ Serfling

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Angela Marie Kafut of Preston, Minn. and Adam Zachery John Serfling also of Preston are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Angela is a graduate of St. Scholastica with a degree in Nursing and now works as a Registered Nurse at ..... 
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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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Milwaukee Road Historical Association President to speak at caboose dedication

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

A dedication of the restored 1951 Milwaukee Road Caboose No. 02095 will be held on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trailhead in Preston. The Trailhead is located at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Center Street. The speaker for t ..... 
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Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour coming to southeast Minnesota

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

PRESTON, Minn. - Local businesses are encouraged to welcome participants of the BAM Bicycle Tour to our area. At 4:30 p.m. on August 13, the Bicycling Around Minnesota annual tour will begin registration in Preston for the start of the 2014 tour. ..... 
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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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Engagement - Rabe ~ Knies

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Dody Winnifred Rabe and John David Knies would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Dody is the daughter of Wayne and Wanda Goldsmith of Chatfield, Minn. John is the son of Jeff and Roxie Knies of Preston, Minn. and Mari and Mik ..... 
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