6/14/2013 11:01:00 AM New LGA formula adds $187,000 to Cannon Falls
by Ken Haggerty
Revisions to the State's funding formula for Local Government Aid (LGA) that were recently passed at the Minnesota Legislature will result in a positive swing of about $187,000 for the city of Cannon Falls budget in the next fiscal year.
The Cannon Falls city council got the good news at its June 4 meeting from city administrator Aaron Reeves. Reeves said the city will get $616,241 from the State's redistribution of tax dollars. That's $146,501 more than last year. Under the old formula, Reeves said the city would have received $40,820 less this next year. The total swing in the projected budget is $187,321.
Reeves said this will help the staff in the budgeting goal to decrease the tax levy. Reeves said the new formula seemed to favor smaller and less wealthy cities over those with stronger residential and commercial tax bases.
The council will hold a work session on the city's general fund reserve balance after the July 16 council meeting.
Reeves reported that everything seemed in order and at a pre-construction meeting on the Hwy. 52/County 24 overpass, interchange and conncting roads project. Reeves said it was a big meeting with many contractors and utility companies represented. Offical start date of the project is July 8, but some clearing and grading for relocation of power lines began June 11.
Bridge work to the sides of Hwy. 52 and in the median will be among the first activities, said Reeves. The bridge is planned for just south of the old Write-On property.
The welcome to Cannon Falls sign will be stored until the project nears completion.
The Council also approved the County for work it has planned on the County 24 extension that will run from the new interchange, east of the new hospital and angle over to connect with County 25.
A walking/biking trail roughly parallel on one side of that County 24 extension is included in the plans. Goodhue County's Ken Bjornstad said since the goal is to eventually continue that road to connect with Hwy. 19 by the school that it seemed to make sense to have a trail.
Reeves apologized to homeowners who had water inadvertently shut off to their homes as the East Side street and utility project got underway. "We learned some of our shut-offs extend farther than the maps indicated," said Reeves. Additional shut-offs will be added to limit impacts of valve closures.
Scofield gets tobacco license
Nash Finch's request, for Scofield Drug & Gift, to be added to the list of approved tobacco sellers for 2013 was passed under the consent agenda by the Council.
Forfeited vehicles to CFFD
Also under the consent agenda, the Police Department was cleared to give three forfeited vehicles from drug and alcohol cases to the Fire Department for training.
Public Works was approved to post a Maintenance Worker II position, open due to a resignation. Per Union agreements, the job is posted internally first. Pay range is $17.79 to $21.69.