|3/19/2020 2:45:00 PM|
Update from Fish Lake, Sunrise Townships
The incumbent supervisor won in Fish Lake Township last week. Corey Johnson received 36 votes to challenger Chad Hoppe’s eight votes.
The budget for Fish Lake for next year-- 2021-- was approved by those attending the annual meeting, held after polls closed March 10.
According to Clerk Andrea Nekowitsch the numbers look like:
~ budget for this year was $791,171. The proposed budget in 2021 goes to $865,256.
Inflation is being built into items like fuel and sand, salt. Fire service contracts with Cambridge, Rush City and North Branch are projected to increase for 2021...where $45,000 is being budgeted, versus $41,549 for this year’s rate.
Other big ticket budget items are the Road & Bridge account at $635,000 and the General Fund for township basic operations is $70,500 an increase from $68,200 for 2020.
The township’s debt service is actually dipping somewhat.
Fish Lake Township took out bonds to finance the township’s portion of a broadband Internet service enhancement effort in cooperation with a State of MN grant and annual payments are approximately $108,121 now. In 2021 the payments go to $106,431. The township’s 25 percent share of the Anchor Avenue project also drops to $7,325 annual. The payment was $7,350 this year. Benefitting property owners paid 75 percent.
For Sunrise Township, the election results were: Supervisor Eric Leivian, incumbent, got 39 votes. Incumbent Supervisor Carl Peter ‘Pete” Johnson got 39 votes. Clerk Wendy Kowalke got 38 votes to be re-elected.