|9/18/2020 10:50:00 AM|
Taylors Falls 2021 levy adopted
In a very efficient manner the city council for Taylors Falls wrapped up setting their budget and levy for next year, establishing the maximum Sept. 15 and then in December, this will be finalized and can be reduced but not added onto.
Taylors Falls will see the tax rate dip again for the 16th year, to 59.3 percent from its current 63 percent. Mayor Mike Buchite noted that when he came on board multiple mayoral-terms-ago it was 102 percent. It’s taken years to get the fiscal situation in some sort of order, but he thanked his council for their cooperation and for keeping on top of budgets of departments.
Council member John Tangen stated, “We all want to work for the good of the city and it shows.”
The city needed $360,115 in property tax collections last year (2020) for its budget and next year taxpayers are slated to contribute $319,380 in property tax. Local Government Aid is up for 2020 by about $4,000 which helps. The costs for elections for 2020 will not need to be budgeted in 2021, also a savings of about $6,000.
The city continues to put money into a new fire truck fund and is able to do some repairs and rehab to the Community Center this year having built up a fund for the center over the last few years. Buchite said the city has adhered to a conservative fiscal policy and it’s starting to pay dividends in not having alot of debt.
The levy for 2021 sits at $678,380. This was $689, 615 for the budget for 2020 and back to where it was in 2019.
In other business:
The quotes for the hill on Government Street and asphalt repairs by the old depot went to Prefer Paving for $21,100. A situation with a washout and ongoing erosion on Folsom Street will be repaired based on a quote for $3,250 from Lawrence Creek.
The painting inside the community center went to Panola Painting for $3,624 and the ceiling tiling/repairs to Kevin Hays Construction for $1,395.
The city is receiving $77,000 as its dispersement from the CARES Act and funds were allocated to:
~ new laptops (portable computers) at approximately $8,000 with software, for council and staff. These tools will allow for electronic meetings, etc to be facilitated if a shutdown is needed again related to virus concerns. Local company Bitworks is also setting up new equipment like a router and portable phones, etc. for preparing for the city hall switching phone services to Midco from Frontier, and together with the laptops-- the whole technology package will be $12,111.
~ the CERT group in town gets an AED for $2,500
~ About $30,000 is earmarked for PPE gear for the fire department, an AED for each emergency response vehicle (7), 12 medical bags and individual firefighter hoods, etc for microbial garment protection. A request for a gear dryer is being put on hold until next month so the final costs for these expenses can be finalized and the balance of the CARES money is known.
~ The covid-19 expenses also include reimbursement for the portable restroom and handwashing station in town, which ran about $1,400 total.