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Despite a growing number of unknowns, Dakota County has developed its 2011 budget. At its regular meeting this week, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners approved a 2011 budget of $307 million and a property tax levy of $129 million. The 2010 budget was $368 million. The levy was $128.
The Farmington School District got a little support and a few words of caution regarding about a list of construction projects proposed for district schools. The district presented a list of projects from its recently updated facilities report at a special meeting Dec. 8 after receiving requests that it share the proposals with the community before making any decisions about whether to proceed.
Farmington residents should see a reduction next year in the taxes they pay to the Farmington School District. The Farmington School Board approved a property tax levy of $19,637,822. That is a reduction of just over 6 percent from the $20,902,219 levy the board approved for 2010. Finance director Jeff Priess said the reduction is due in part to a reduction in the overall market value of property in the district. The levy approved Monday will mean a 2011 school district tax bill of $11,677 for the owner of a $250,000 home. That is $38 less than the bill for a $250,000 home last year.
A group of Farmington pastors wants to help bring the city closer together. For the past two years pastors from The River Church, Faith United Methodist, Bible Baptist, New Heights Christian Fellowship and Middle Creek Vineyard Church have been gathering under the name Farmington Area Christian Evangelicals. They have made the rounds at Farmington businesses to offer prayers. They have prayed for city leaders and at Farmington schools.
The Farmington School Board made a decision Monday they hope will serve as a clear warning to board member Tim Burke that behavior identified as inappropriate in a report by an outside investigator will not be tolerated. It could even result in legal action. Board members voted 4-2 to censure Burke, disavow his actions and refer information in the thick report to the Dakota County Attorney's office for possible criminal charges. The decision came after attorney Mick Waldspurger summarized a report compiled over the last month by Minnetonka attorney James Martin.
Tucked into a back room at Farmington's Rambling River Center, a group of men is busy reliving their childhood on a scale that was never possible when they were younger. The Rambling River Center, Farmington's senior center, has hosted a model train club for four or five years -- its founding members aren't exactly sure -- but the center's move to a larger space last year means the club finally has some room to spread out. They're taking full advantage. On plywood platforms in a space once occupied by the city's police department club members are building their own miniature world.
The Farmington School Board is scheduled to hear a report tonight on the conduct of board member Tim Burke. The report, which looks into whether Burke violated the board's code of conduct with requests for information from district employees and behavior some board members have described as bullying, is one of several items on the agenda for tonight's board meeting. The district hired Minnetonka attorney James Martin in early November to conduct the investigation. Depending on what the board hears it could censure Burke or even remove him from the board.
Relatives of three family members killed in an auto accident last December will gather Sunday to mark the anniversary of the incident. Alexis Iverson-Ferkuhl, an 8-year-old student at Meadowview Elementary School, was killed in the Dec, 12, 2009, accident along with her aunt, 34-year-old Debra Buhmann, and her grandmother, 71-year-old Shirley Iverson. Family members will hold a vigil at 6:30 p.m.
Every year, Dakota County's office of planning and management compiles a document it calls its Community Indicators Report, a collection of facts and figures that quantifies everything from population growth to the health of the county's waters.
Farmington superintendent Brad Meeks will not go west. Meeks was not chosen Monday to take the top job in the Grand Island, Neb., School District. The Grand Island Independent reported Tuesday morning that Salina, Kan. superintendent Rob Winter will be superintendent in the central Nebraska district, assuming the board and Winter can reach agreement on a contract.