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Spring Valley City Council approves tax levy

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and approved a resolution certifying the 2013 preliminary Property Tax Levy (Collectable in 2014). The General Operating Budget will require a Levy of $326,924. The EDA is set at $25,000, Parks $120,000 and the Library at $109,736. There is also a total of $332,972 for three Debt Service Special Levies.

The anticipated Expenditures for 2014 were very close to 2013. A couple of areas saw increases, those being $6,150 for elections and $130,000 in street maintenance for construction on Main Street.

Parks will levy $48,883 for the pool, $13,727 for Summer Rec, $18,050 for the Community Center and $89,657 for parks.

On the revenue side LGA will be $860,781, General Fund, EDA, Parks, Library and Debt Service will total $914,632.

There is a preliminary wage increase of 2.5 percent figured in to the levy.

Overall the General Levy for 2014 is $326,924 which is down from the 2013 Levy of $370,000.

Discussion with School

District with John Fenske

In other business park director John Fenske reported to the council that he will be talking to officials of the school district in regards to renting gym time at the school in trade with the school using park facilities. He stated that several years ago there was a verbal agreement between the city and the school to use each other’s facilities at no charge. “Now the school is discussing the possibility of charging the city for such things as gym time.” Fenske said that he would meet with the school and try to get another agreement in writing.

Tim Rasmussen named new Police Policy Coordinator

Approval was given by the council to appoint Tim Rasmussen as the Police Policy Coordinator with a pay increase of $50.

Kappers Fabricating applies for TIF monies for expansion

Administrator Deb Zimmer announced that Kappers Fabricating has approached the EDA and requesting TIF money to help pay for an expansion. The TIF would be $50,000 and would be a “Pay as you Go” payback.

Joint Powers Agreement approved

The council also approved a resolution approving State of Minnesota Joint Powers agreements with the City of Spring Valley on behalf of its city attorney and police department to use systems and tools available over the State’s criminal justice data communications network for which the City is eligible. The Joint Powers Agreements further provide the City with the ability to add, modify and delete connectivity systems and tools over the five year life of the agreement and obligates the City to pay the costs for the network connection. The Fillmore County Sheriff, Daryl Jensen, or his successor is designated the authorized representative for the police department.

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