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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be lower, but it can not be higher. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

City administrator Joe Hoffman warned that the city may be looking at a similar or larger increase next year.

City staff had been directed by the council at the September 2 meeting to identify possible cuts to reduce the then 14 percent proposed levy increase to 7 percent or less. This required budget reductions of at least $51,500. Hoffman reviewed possible areas that could be reduced to get to the 6.94 percent levy increase, reminding the council that they have the authority to determine just where the cuts will be made.

It was apparent that there was some disagreement among council members as to where these reductions will come from. Councilman Robert Maust moved to cut the budget an additional $8,000 or so to reduce the preliminary levy more. Mayor Kurt Reicks was concerned that if the budget was cut more than the current proposal, it would result in the need for a greater levy increase next year. Councilman Charles Sparks agreed, saying that if we cut too much this year, we’ll be in a worse place next year. Reicks replied, “exactly.”

Hoffman showed the council on a spread sheet the possible budget numbers for the city over several years. He demonstrated how shifts in the numbers can cause greater, uneven jumps in the levy in future years. Hoffman explained that his intent has been to keep levy increases as level as possible.

Sparks said if we can come to an agreement to cut more by December, we can do that. The motion to cut more at this time failed. A motion to certify the preliminary levy at a 6.94 percent increase was approved. The actual 2015 budget reductions were not yet agreed upon, but there will have to be at least a total budget reduction of $51,913.

Bond Sale for Industrial Park

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, reviewed his recommendation for General Obligation bonds to finance the utility extensions and improvements for the Industrial Park. The total amount of the bond issue is $640,000. He recommended a competitive bond sale which would require more up front costs, but result in a lower interest rate and a greater .....
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Preston Tourism secures grant for purchase of bike repair station

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $1,200 grant to Preston Area Tourism. The funds will be applied to the purchase of a bike repair station that will be placed by the Trailhead Inn. This will give visitors and residents a plac ..... 
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Mark Dean Kneeskern

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mark Dean Kneeskern was born July 10, 1972, in Audubon, Iowa, to Laurice (Peterson) Kneeskern and Cloy Kneeskern. He attended grade school and high school in Audubon, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a Bachelor of ..... 
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Preston discusses 2015 budget

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

Possible reductions to the 2015 budget was the dominate discussion topic at the September 2 council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the numbers in the first draft of the budget which showed a p ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 6, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are t ..... 
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Motor in to Preston Service Plus

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Craig Bond and Justin Jones, new owners of Preston Service Plus, located in Preston, Minn., are getting settled into owning and running their business since taking over July 14, 2014. Both men were employees of Preston Service Plus under previou ..... 
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New facility for Preston industry BCM

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As you drive into Preston from the north on Highway 52, you have probably noticed a site being graded at the new North Industrial Park. Soon an 11,500 square foot facility will be erected for the new home of Bluff Country Manufacturing, Inc. (BCM). ..... 
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Fillmore Central projects nearing completion

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

There were multiple projects going on at both the Harmony and Preston sites of Fillmore Central Schools, and all of them are winding down as the first day of school approaches. Principal Heath Olstad said the sprinkler system at the high school h ..... 
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