I would hope the City Council is not planning to spend the $4 million dollar reserves that our citizens have contributed to over the past decades!

    I would hope the City Council is not planning to spend the $4 million dollar reserves that our citizens have contributed to over the past decades!  

    We understand the reserves in the Water Utility #601 funds and Sewer #602 funds are significant, and for good reason. 

Maintaining quality water facilities and a safe water supply is essential!  To spend these funds on other projects would be short sighted…even discussions of borrowing from these funds is a very foolish idea.  (Recent COSTS to repair and paint the North Water Tower were $389,595).

    Other cities have made this mistake—for instance Flint, Michigan.  They depended upon on funds from their water budget for other expenses, when time to make the corrections and improvements to their system-they did not have the dollars to repair/replace lines—and therefore placed their whole community in danger of health problems.  And what happens when that investment does not pay off the loan, or keep up with the additional costs associated with maintaining those investments?

The citizens will be responsible for bailing them out with tax increases, additional monthly water usage fees and fewer services.  Let’s not gamble with our water fund reserves!!

    For twenty years the citizens of this community contributed thousands of dollars to a Flood Control Project #210, which expires this year.  As a member of the city council back in 1997, when this fund was established, the consensus was that any balances should remain for the purpose they were collected and NOT continued beyond this twenty year period on other projects deemed by city administrators or council members!  We do have, and will have costs associated with maintaining and caring for these dikes for eternity.  Borrowing from this fund should not be an option for the above reasons given, what happens when these loans can NOT be paid back?…I think we know the answer. To say: “after a while people just get used to paying it” is a poor reason to continue this fee!

    Sometimes, administrators and council members have a burning hole in their pocket--when they view city reserves and when additional dollars are received from the State of Minnesota legislature to off-set tax increases in the form of LGA (Local Government Aid).  The City was notified that they will receive an additional $100,048.00 in additional LGA funds, for 2017.  These funds are to off-set the cost of public works, streets, police and fire protection in communities without a strong tax base. And provide tax relief, certainly not for bowling alleys, not outdoor pools or reflection ponds, or child care centers or more trails. Let us hope that is the direction our city council takes as budget planning begins for 2018.