LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie City Council approved a final levy of 674,760 during its Dec. 8, meeting, an increase of $42,824, or 6.78 percent from the previous levy.
Lester Prairie’s levy did not increase in 2015.
There was a 1.29 percent levy increase in 2014.
Sewer fees increased
In order to cover the cost of proving the service, the council approved raising the base charge for sewer from $36.90 to $38 per month, effective Jan. 1.
The usage charge for sewer will increase from $7 per 1,000 gallons to $7.50 per 1,000 gallons.
The city recently had a rate study completed for its sewer and water service. City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk noted the water fund is in good shape, but rate increases were needed for the sewer fund.
Although there was no question that rates had to be increased to cover the city’s expenses, the council considered options to minimize the burden on residents.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• accepted the resignation of part-time police officer Fred Blaser, who has served the Lester Prairie Police Department for 41 years.
• approved moving forward with three recommendations from Economic Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz, including moving forward with development of a new comprehensive plan for the city.