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Albertville Council To Meet, Approve Preliminary Levy Tonight

Albertville will set its spending targets for 2012. Once the preliminary levy is approved, it cannot increase prior to approval in December.

The meets tonight at 7 p.m. and is expected to vote on and approve a preliminary property tax levy of 2 percent and the preliminary 2013 budget.

One the council sets its prelimiary levy, it can't increase the levy under Minnesota statute. It can attempt to make more cuts prior to December's adoption date. 

The but after weeks of discussion and hours of studying, city staff brought down the increase to 2 percent.

This includes the entire , 75 percent of the benchmark $100,000 that needs to be replenished to the general fund due to city administrator changes and a 2 percent cost of living increase for city staff.

At last Tuesday night's (Aug. 28) special meeting, the council voted 4-1 that they would approve the preliminary levy this week. John Vetsch was the only nay.

City administrator fallout a piece of the pie

The 2 percent property tax levy and proposed budget includes the proposal of a shared city administrator and city engineer position. At the special meeting last week, Jillian Hendrickson made a motion to promote within, meaning the combined role of city administrator and city engineer would be Adam Nafstad. 

The combined position would alleviate some of the fallout created by the

Kruse is still collecting his severance from Albertville, on top of the new salary added in 2012 the council approved by moving Nafstad from consultant to full-time engineer. Add in a third salary with a new administrator, and that's where city staff was seeing large line-item increases for the 2013 budget. 

The motion for a combined engineer/city admin spot passed 3 to 2 with Larry Sorenson and Dan Wagner voting nay. It was the same split between the council that occured last April when Kruse was terminated.

"I'm voting no because this is a chief admin position for our city, and I have wanted this posted and to look at other candidates," Sorenson said.

John Vetsch rebutted by saying, "this position is more than facts and figures–it's about someone knowing the lay of the land."

City attorney Mike Couri expects an administrator contract and transition plan to be presented for adoption at the Sept. 17 meeting.

 

Rick September 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM
My level of irritation at the word levy is becoming infinite... My same level of irritation at city and school board council members is trailing closely behind.
Scott September 05, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I think the city counsel members should pay his serverance pay they wanted him out!!! Next time you wont be so hastfull!!
JoJo September 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Did anyone get this notice on Tuesday, when you might have attended had you seen it? Why are we getting so many articles saying "tonight" and it's already the next day when we get it in the inbox?
Rick September 05, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Scott and JoJo... Agreed. We have an election this coming November for City Council. It is too late I believe to be on the ballot. But write in's a perfectly permissible.
JM September 06, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Scott - John Vetsch voted to fire the administrator which is now costing the city 100 grand and he supports a second sheet of ice which would increase property taxes. You really want more like him in there?
Scott September 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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Scott September 06, 2012 at 12:29 PM
JM Your right. maybe a clean slate at city hall would change things.
Samara Postuma September 06, 2012 at 02:08 PM
JoJo, The story was posted on Tuesday afternoon and unfortunately made it in to the Wednesday morning newsletter due to a glitch. I apologize about the late notice.

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