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Preston reviews first draft of 2013 budget


Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented a draft of the 2013 budget compiled from departmental requests at the council’s August 22 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. The meeting was held in the fire hall due to the ongoing remodeling of city hall.

Hoffman noted the Market Value Credit had been eliminated for 2012, so the city will not be receiving those funds, but the city is expected to receive $484,980 in Local Government Aid from the state which would be the same amount as last year.

The budget includes a 1.75 percent cost of living increase and step increases for city employees which will add about $5,000 to the budget. A potential increase in insurance could add up to $8,000. The council had approved a request earlier this month from the Planning and Zoning Commission to fund an updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 2013. An additional $5,000 was budgeted for the update.

The two largest increases include a request from the board of the National Trout Center (NTC) for $15,000 (previous 3 years has been $7,500) and a request from the EDA which doubles its budget from last year to include $29,000 for property acquisitions. The acquisition price includes funds for three parcels and tank removal at the former Preston Oil and Petroleum site.

The most visible savings in the budget over 2012 will include no expense for elections saving $2,600 and the reduction of the full time city hall maintenance position to half time saving a total of $34,847 in salary and benefits.

The early draft of the 2013 budget would have a $26,167 increase in the levy or 4.01 percent. Hoffman commented that the city has tried in the past to keep levy increases at three percent or less.

Councilwoman Kay Spangler wanted to know what a 4 percent increase of the city portion of the property taxes would mean to the average property owner. Hoffman said he would have that information at their next meeting. There was a consensus by the council for Hoffman to go back to the departments to lower the potential increase to 3 percent or less.

It is required that the preliminary budget and levy be approved by September 15. The preliminary number is the number used to calculate property taxes. When the final budget/levy is approved in December, the preliminary number can be reduced, but not increased.

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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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Bauer Built announces acquisition of Hanson Tire Service, Inc. LeRoy, Minnesota

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Jerry Bauer, President of Bauer Built, Inc. of Durand, Wisconsin announces the acquisition of Hanson Tire Service, Inc. headquartered in LeRoy, Minnesota along with a location in Preston, Minnesota. Hanson Tire has been servicing the Midwest for the ..... 
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National Trout Center holds raffle for great prizes

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Here’s your chance to win a Headwaters Bamboo Rod (Model: Peerless Santiam 7’0” 5/6 wt Medium) valued at $800 and a box of seven dozen hand-tied flies by Lyle Besse valued at $200. To view these items please visit the National Trout Center’s ..... 
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Birth Announcement- Sawyer Michael Johnson

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Michael and Margaret Johnson of Fountain, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Sawyer Michael. Sawyer was born on July 30, 2012. He weighed 7 lb. 6 oz. and was 20.25 inches long. Grandparents are Arlyn and Joann Groth of Ridgeway, ..... 
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Katherine Pitney

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Katherine Beatrix Kailey Pitney died August 7, 2012, at The Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. She was born on August 8, 1923, at the Willows Maternity Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. George and Ethel Wisecarver Kailey, longtime re ..... 
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Katherine Pitney

Wed, Aug 15th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Katherine Beatrix Kailey Pitney died August 7, 2012 at The Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. She was born on August 8, 1923 at the Willows Maternity Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. George and Ethel Wisecarver Kailey, longtime residen ..... 
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Beverly Overland

Mon, Aug 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Beverly Ruth (Erickson) Overland, 83, of Preston, formerly of Lanesboro, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Golden Living West in Rochester, where she has resided since June. Beverly Ruth Erickson was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Winona County, to Elmer Roy a ..... 
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Letter about visit to Preston

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

Letter about visit to Preston To the Editor, My husband and I would like to thank the wonderful people in the Preston area for all their help when our vehicle plus camper broke down a few miles out of Preston. Thank you to the following Good Sama ..... 
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