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Spring Valley Council reviews 2008 levy

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, Nov. 26 and discussed the proposed 2008 budget and tax levy. City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the preliminary figures to council members and pointed out areas where the budget will be going up. There was an increase in the police contract due to salaries, but for the most part most budget items were at or near the 2007 level.

The preliminary levy is $876,170.00 which is an increase of $13,638.00 over the 2007 levy.

Members of the council will have some time to look over the budget and levy prior to the next council meeting on Dec. 10.

Buyout Proposal

Lucille Daggett appeared before the council and requested that the City buy out her property at 204 South Hudson Avenue. She cited the upcoming street and sewer project and that the assessments she will have to pay will not increase the value of the property. Her property is located in the flood plain which has restrictions on rebuilding or improvements to existing structures. Administrator Deb Zimmer said that she will be working with Daggett to explore the buyout proposal.

Following the floods in Spring Valley many homes located in the flood plain were bought out by the City and residents moved elsewhere.

Department Reports

The Department Heads reported on the status of their areas.

• Leonard Leutink of Streets indicated that they are getting the snow plowing equipment ready for the season ahead.

• Park Director John Fenske reported that new carpeting will be installed in the hallway of the Community Center.

• Ambulance Director Jim Cooper said that there have been 372 calls so far this year and that there will be some new people filling vacant spots on the Ambulance crews.

• Kevin Beck gave the police report to the council.

• Dianne Swenson Sikkink of the library reported that as a result of a meeting with the County Commissioners the area libraries will be seeing a slight increase, but that much of the increase for services is coming from the Chatfield area as a bedroom community to Rochester.

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