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The fiscal cliff is getting more and more attention with a Dec. 31 federal government deadline looming, but Americans seem to have a lot of questions:
Just what is the fiscal cliff?
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Dave Thompson expects a lot of busy days and more than a little frustration as the 2013 legislative session gets under way this week.
Thompson, a Republican elected in November to his second term in the Minnesota Senate, returns to a legislature that looks very different than it did when lawmakers adjourned last year.
Instead of approving their final budget and tax levy Monday night, Farmington City Council members voted 3-2 to hold the levy at the same amount as 2012, forcing city administrator David McKnight to find an additional $152,000 in cuts before the end of the year.
By late this week, it’s a pretty good bet city of Farmington executive assistant Cindy Muller will be ready for a nice, quiet few days off. Because truth be told, she’s been pretty busy around city hall these days.
Not only does Muller have to worry about things like attending city council meetings and workshops, but she’s had plenty to do on top of that the past few weeks. She’s got an election to run.
Farmington voters have a lot of decisions to make when they go to the polls Nov. 6. There's the race for President, of course, and two much-talked-about constitutional amendments. But there are also several local races to think about.
Would-be Farmington business owners could have a new resource available to them if the city’s economic development authority pursues a partnership with a nonprofit group that has spent the past 25 years helping new and existing business owners make smarter decisions.
If all goes according to plan, the city of Farmington will welcome a new finance director on Sept. 20.
Farmington resident Robin Hanson has accepted the city’s offer to become the finance director. She has been offered a starting salary of $76,448. City administrator David McKnight is pleased with her decision.
Farmington City Council member Christy Jo Forgarty will advance to the general election in the race to become Dakota County Commissioner for District 1.
Fogarty finished second in Tuesday’s primary election with 25.1 percent of the vote. She will face off in November against Hastings resident Mike Slavik, who received 41.75 percent of the vote.
Neither incumbent filed for reelection in the Farmington City Council race and only one incumbent will compete again for a seat on the Farmington School Board, but residents will still have candidates to choose from.
Farmington City Council member Julie May has publicly announced she will not seek reelection this November.
May made her announcement during the closing portion of Monday’s council meeting. She acknowledged that she still has five months on the council, and that she will continue to be a good steward for taxpayers in that time, but that her name would not be on the ballot this fall.
The Farmington Economic Development Authority will take on new members next year, and they will not necessarily be elected officials.
On Monday, the Farmington City Council voted 3-2 to change the composition of the EDA from five council members and two ex-officio members to a board consisting of two council members and three appointed members from the community.
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