The Fairmont City Council on Monday approved a 3.9 percent hike in the local property tax levy. The levy for 2019 is set at $4.7 million. The 2018 levy is $4.5 million. An interesting aspect is that despite the levy increase the city property tax impact will be a 0.33 percent decrease. “Of the 14 cities that Fairmont compares itself to, we’re fourth to the lowest,” according to City Adminstrator Mike Humpal adding that “Fairmont’s taxes remain competitive.” Included in the budget under improvement projects in capital expenditures is $3.5 million for a proposed community center. City Finance Director [...]
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THE FAIRMONT AREA SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WITH HEAVY HEARTS ON TUESDAY AT 5 P.M. LONGTIME SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER HELEN GOULD AND LONG TIME SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCE DIRECTOR SUE NELSON BOTH PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK. THE BOARD WILL ACT ON THE 2019-20 SCHOOL CALENDAR AND HEAR PRESENTATIONS ON MOCK TRIAL AND THE SCHMEECKLE FOUNDATION GRANT DURING THE REGULAR MEETING. THE BOARD WILL HOLD THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 6 PM AND A TAX ABATEMENT HEARING WILL BE HELD AT 6:20 P.M. ALSO AT THE FAIRMONT CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS. [...]
Three people are injured in a three-vehicle chain-reaction crash on Highway 22 at Highway 14 in Mankato Saturday afternoon. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Ford Explorer, Dodge Ram and Toyota Corolla were all north-bound on Highway 22 in the left lane at Highway 14 just after 5:00 Saturday. A vehicle up ahead of them was changing lanes from left to right, causing the other vehicles in the left lane to hit their brakes and slow down. The Ford Explorer rear ended the Dodge Ram which then rear ended the Toyota Corolla. The State Patrol says the Explorer, driven [...]
BOYS HOCKEY BRECKENRIDGE-WAHPETON 9, FAIRMONT AREA 5 Luverne Cardinals 6, Waseca Blue Jays 2 Marshall 6, Hutchinson 3 Minnesota River 6, Windom Area 4 GIRLS HOCKEY Luverne Cardinals 6, Waseca 0 Minnesota River 5, Windom Area 1 New Ulm Eagles 4, Faribault 2 BASKETBALL GIRLS LUVERNE 48, FAIRMONT 45 B E A 94, REDWOOD VALLEY 73 Jackson County Central 75, Southwest Minnesota Christian 71 New Ulm 67, Marshall 53 St. Peter 65, Pipestone 38 Waseca 81, Worthington 65 Windom 61, St. James Area 59, OT BOYS LUVERNE 69, FAIRMONT 49 PIPESTONE 72, B E A 47 U S C [...]
WRESTLING FAIRMONT/ M C W 62 NEW ULM 13 Lake Mills, Iowa 37, Blue Earth Area 21 Lake Mills, Iowa 39, Maple River 9 Albert Lea Area 49, Faribault/Bethlehem 18 Albert Lea Area 56, Mankato East 15 Faribault/Bethlehem 51, Mankato East 24 GIRLS BASKETBALL GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE 46 M C W 36 SPRINGFIELD 75 GHEC/TRUMAN/ML 61 Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 76, AC/GE 65 Medford 80, United South Central 29 Mountain Lake Area 55, Madelia 37 Red Rock Central 62, Sleepy Eye 51 Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 72, Cedar Mountain-Comfrey 34 St. Clair 66, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 51 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 45, Maple River 35 IOWA SCORES [...]
THE FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY AT 6 PM. FOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD INCLUDING THE 2019 PROPERTY TAX LEVY AND BUDGET, A PROPOSED SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE ,TAX ABATEMENT ON A BUILDING ADDITION AND VACATION OF A STREET. INTRODUCTION OF A NEW FAIRMONT POLICE OFFICER AND PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT MONDAY'S 6 PM MEETING AT THE FAIRMONT CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS. Paste In or Write Your Content Here!!!!!!!!!
The Martin County Commissioners held the annual Truth-in-Taxation hearing after the regular meeting. The proposed county budget for 2019 is $27.3 million, down from this year’s budget of $28.3 million. The property tax levy is expected to rise from $15.8 million to $16.3 million, or 2.94 percent. Explaining the levy hike, officials say the county will hire two full-time positions in 2019, set aside additional funds for capital improvements, pay about 5 percent more for health insurance costs and pay to update an outdated compensation study. During the regular meeting the board approved extending the lease for the Veterans [...]
Martin County commissioners will hold a public hearing Jan. 8 on a request for a property tax break by Great Plains Transportation of Fairmont. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in the commissioners meeting room at the courthouse. Great Plains Transportation Services, 923 N. State St., is asking not to pay new property taxes resulting from a proposed expansion of the business. It is a 10-year request, with the abatement from the county estimated at $164,000. Great Plains also is asking for tax relief from the city of Fairmont and Fairmont Area Schools. The total value of [...]
GYMNASTICS MARTIN COUNTY AREA 129.475 LUVERNE 116.075 HOCKEY GIRLS FAIRMONT 5 MINNESOTA RIVER 4 BOYS WASECA 10 FAIRMONT 0 GIRLS BASKETBALL WASECA 71 FAIRMONT 39 J C C 61 M C W 60 NEW ULM 72 B E A 38 Mountain Lake Area 56, Murray County Central 44 Redwood Valley 52, Pipestone 43 Rochester John Marshall 69, Mankato East 57 Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 55, Nicollet/Loyola 45 Southwest Minnesota Christian 72, Luverne 65 St. Peter 51, St. James Area 24 Westbrook-Walnut Grove 58, Heron Lake-Okabena 55 Worthington 85, Windom 65 E L C 61 NORTH UNION 41 BOYS BASKETBALL J [...]
Questions about a proposed $24.7 million community center in Fairmont were abundant during an informational “town hall” meeting Wednesday at the Fairmont Opera House. The biggest issues presented during the question-and-answer session involved plans for the community center, such as the fitness area and the banquet area, competing with existing local businesses; and how to cover the cost of construction and ongoing operations, estimated to be $530,000 annually. Negotiations with the YMCA are underway to have that organization manage the center. If an agreement is reached, the “Y” will coordinate with city staff to determine what programs would be [...]