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County hearing on 2014 budget and levy

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Government

Retiring county coordinator Karen Brown presented her last end of the year review and preview for the coming year at the public hearing held November 26 for the Fillmore County 2014 budget and levy.

Possibly the highpoint of 2013 was the ground breaking for the Southeast Minnesota Veterans Cemetery which was made possible with a cooperative effort of local, state, and federal governments. Other notable successes include the Highway Administration building remodel completed mid-year, a successful grant application for work on CSAH 1, and the nearly completed implementation of PH-Doc which will allow secure electronic health exchange among ten public health agencies.

The county has upgraded its website: Other technical advances include an electronic document management system for social services, a new record management system at the sheriff’s office, E-charging for sheriff, attorney and courts, and the addition of secure wireless in most county buildings.

Fuel sales with use of a credit card are now available at the county’s airport. Recently, a courtesy car has been made available.

Residents in the 2012 citizen survey were lukewarm on road conditions. Brown noted the county board listened to citizen concern and they and the county engineer are committed to road improvement. One area of the 2014 budget that has had a significant increase is the road and bridge fund.

2014 Budget

The county’s portion of the tax levy is slightly lower for 2014 and the state aid portion is up by nearly $300,000. Revenues from the state and federal government are increased by about $2.5 million. That increase in state and federal monies is mostly targeted to Highway and the Greenleafton community septic system.

One source of savings for the county is the sales tax exemption to be implemented at the beginning of 2014 which is estimated to save nearly $100,000.

The 2014 levy will be $8,435,205 which is exactly as it was in 2013. With a county population of 20,866 the levy per capita is $404.26.

The budget for 2014 is $25,464,025, which reflects an 11.3 percent increase or $2,588,456. The increase is mostly due to monies to be used for Highway, Greenleafton septic, and staffing costs. A large portion of that increase is not funded by the county levy. The overall 2014 levy increase will be 0. A total of $192,939 of fund balance will be used to balance the budget.

Public comments

There were no comments from the public. Moreover, no one from the public attended the hearing on the 2014 budget and levy.

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