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Preston City Council sets preliminary budget and levy

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

During a short meeting on September 4, 2012, the Preston City Council approved the preliminary levy for 2013 at $672,725. This comes out to an increase of 2.9 percent. It was noted that at that increase, a person with a home that is worth $100,000 would pay $20 more per year in property taxes. Mayor Kurt Reicks reminded the council that they couldn’t increase the levy or budget before it is finalized, but they can decrease it. The final will be set in December.

The council approved a new five-year contract with S&S Sanitation. Owner Tony Severson went over a few changes from the previous contract. The cost will increase 0.5 percent each year. The senior citizens discount for people over 65 was $1.00 off and will now be $2.00 off. There is also a change from the 30-day notice to a 10-day notice. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that if S&S Sanitation stops their services, the city won’t have to wait 30 days to find a replacement. He doesn’t foresee any issues with this.

Preston Public Works Director Jim Bakken explained the city’s need to replace the civil defense sirens in order to be compliant with state narrow band requirements. They need to have two of their four receivers upgraded.

A bid was approved from Whitewater Wireless to do the needed work for $5,500. There is $2,500 budgeted for 2012, and another $2,500 for 2013. Hoffman said they may be able to budget less in 2014.

Other business

The council approved the consent agenda, which included the annual membership in the League of Minnesota Cities for 2013. It also included setting the date for the final levy approval for Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 6:05 p.m. with a continuation on Monday, December 17.

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