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Jakob Kounkel

09/11/2019 - 11:14am
Depending on decisions surrounding the implementation of a local-option sales tax (LOST) and $10 million in bonding, McLeod County commissioners are mulling a tax levy increase of approximately 15 percent or 9 percent. In the two scenarios McLeod County Accountant Colleen Robeck offered to commissioners, one includes a LOST and one doesn’t — the 15 percent increase would be without the sales tax...
09/11/2019 - 10:52am
The Brownton City Council unanimously approved its preliminary property tax levy during its meeting Sept. 3. After deliberation, the council decided a 5 percent increase was sufficient to cover increasing costs for 2020 — an influx of $21,783 over last year. The council can either leave the levy as is or reduce it, but councilors can’t choose to...
09/11/2019 - 10:49am
The Stewart City Council decided to set the city’s preliminary levy at a 3 percent increase, which amounts to $12,565.35, at a meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 9. The tax levy in 2019 was $418,845 and the proposed levy for 2020 is $431,410. (For the complete story, see the Sept. 11 print edition of The Chronicle.)
09/11/2019 - 10:43am
The mayor of Stewart, Jason Peirce, was denied repayment by his own council on fencing that was taken out during the city’s most recent streets project. The fencing is on property owned and leased by Peirce to a renter. The fencing was replaced nearly a year after it was taken out, which Peirce said was unacceptable due to a contract stipulation...
09/04/2019 - 11:21am
McLeod County commissioners and staff met in a workshop after a Sept. 3 board meeting and discussed the potential preliminary budget figures for 2020. Auditor-treasurer’s office accountant Colleen Robeck supplied bundles of information regarding the budget for commissioners and staff. The proposed preliminary budget for 2020, which is subject to...
09/04/2019 - 11:16am
The McLeod County Board chose Sheila Murphy — previously the interim and deputy administrator — to lead all county departments as the administrator Tuesday, Sept. 3. Commissioners didn’t spend much time discussing her appointment at the board meeting yesterday morning as commissioners unanimously approved the motion other than Commissioner Rich...
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