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Canton proposed tax levy set at 8 percent

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council set the 2014 proposed tax levy at 8 percent at its September 11 meeting, a number that will be reviewed and finalized in December. A proposed levy can be reduced before it is finalized, but not increased. In other financial news, the council learned that expected Local Government Aid (LGA) funds will increase next year by approximately $800, and the estimated amount of street repair funds (approximately $41,000) will be similar to last year’s expenses.

In other Council action:

•The council reaffirmed that the liquor license related to the city’s current liquor store business will be up for application once the city’s ownership of that business ends on October 31. The inventory of liquor and fixtures will be sold. A letter of intent to purchase that inventory and store fixtures has been received from Nick and Rene Prestby. Interest has been shown in the purchase of the liquor store business, and discussion was held concerning the timing of that sale and the operation of the business itself. Further research will be done to see what might be done to avoid any “gaps in service” between the end of city ownership and the beginning of new ownership.

•Background materials regarding 4-M League of Cities investment options were given to City Council members for their review. Discussion on these options will take place at an upcoming Council meeting.

•Volunteers are still needed for the October 5 Town Hall window replacement project, a project made possible by a grant from Rockwell. Lunch will be provided, and notice will go out again in early October to solicit the needed help.

•Plans for Canton Christmas celebrations are now underway. The popular annual “Santa Day” will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 3:30-5 p.m., followed by a night-time Christmas Parade. A Christmas Lighting/Decoration contest for city homes is also being planned.

•Planning for the 2014 “Canton Day Off” is also underway. The dates will be August 15-17, 2014. As part of the many festivities, the softball field will be dedicated in honor of Ralph Leistikow. New signage and landscaping will be part of that effort, with a special program planned for Friday night.

That evening there will also be a “Prom Night” and “Teen Dance.” Saturday may also include an antique truck and semi show, a parade, a beer tent, a live band (“Cherry Gun”), a BBQ kick-off, fireworks and more. Sunday morning will offer a Legion Breakfast, the Assumption Catholic Church Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and more entertainment. The Canton Day Off planning committee meets the second Monday of every month at City Hall at 6:30 p.m.—all volunteers and ideas are welcome!

•The council approved the purchase of used concrete tools from Nick Prestby that will be used for upcoming sidewalk repairs. In other town maintenance news, Jon Nordsving reported that four spots of pavement repair will soon be underway.

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