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Whalan Council approves final tax levy for 2014


Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

The City of Whalan’s tax levy for 2014 was adjusted at the December 9 Whalan City Council meeting—in a direction that should please town residents. After discussion about the previous preliminary figure of 5 percent set earlier this fall, and a review of the projected 2014 budget, a new and final rate of 2 percent was approved by council members.

The rate will mean a per household tax rate increase of approximately $20 next year.

Whalan’s 2014 budget was set at $22,832.70, with a major portion--$13,000—designated for street repairs. A total of $1,000 is projected for donations to two major town events: the Stand Still Parade and the Taste of the Trail event.

Other Business

•The council heard details about the upcoming “Cookie Walk and Chili Feed” that will take place in Whalan on Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is the first fundraising effort of the Taste of the Trail Committee, and will offer holiday cookies for sale and a chili dinner. Cookies will sell for $4 per pound, with specialty items priced separately. (Cookies are being prepared locally by volunteer bakers). The chili dinner with fixings and beverage will cost $6. Activities will take place at Whalan’s City Hall. People were encouraged to spread the word about the event—everyone is invited!

•The council received an expression of appreciation from Wes Harding of the Taste of the Trail Committee for their support of the production of a brochure used at the November 18 meeting held in Lanesboro with representatives from the Destination Medical Center (DMC). “We had 11 Whalan residents at the meeting,” said Wes, “And I think we made a good impression on the speaker from the Mayo Clinic. The DMC project has the potential to bring a lot of people to our area, including many tourists. It will be exciting to see how all this develops over the next few years.” The Trail Towns were all represented at the meeting; the Trail Towns Committee will discuss follow-up to the DMC discussion at their January meeting.

•It was determined that given the recent snowfall it is a good time for the town brush pile(s) to be burned; that burning project will take place within the next two weeks.

•The council approved $300 for the purchase of hoist equipment to help with moving sand for upcoming winter road safety.

•It was clarified that the propane tank in town is owned by the town of Whalan. The need for the tank—and how much propane is needed—will be evaluated after going through this winter season.

The City of Whalan will again be holding a “Candlelight Ski” event on the first Saturday in February. Final details will soon be available for the event, which annually features a lighted trail, bonfires, and food available at the City Hall. For more information, visit www.rootrivertrail.org.

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