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NU Council to consider sale of tax forfeiture properties

December 18, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - The New Ulm City Council meets at 5 p.m. today in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Agenda items include:

- Final approval of the 2013 budget. The budget proposes a 4.27 percent increase of the property tax levy.

Consideration of the proposed ordinance to modify City Code to allow commercial kennels in select settings.

A resolution for Brown County to sell tax forfeiture properties Dacotah West Addition, which is near Cottonwood Street and Dacotah Drive, and the Minnesota River Valley Subdivision, which is near Liberty Street and North Highland Avenue. The proceeds will be applied towards unpaid special assessments. If the sale is not sufficient to pay the money owed, a maximum of $7,500 per lot could be specially assessed for Dacotah West and $4,000 per lot for Minnesota River Valley. Outlot A from both properties will not be sold, but instead given to the City for public use as storm water holding ponds.

- Holding a public hearing on increasing liquor license fees. On-Sale Liquor license would got from $2,500 to $3,000 and On-Sale Wine license from $250 to $300. Prior to last year, liquor license fees had not been updated since the 1990s. The proposed increases to bring New Ulm even with other cities are being spread out over several years. The annual expense of enforcement and paperwork for the licenses costs the city $155,000 per year while the fees bring in $47,000.

- Holding a public hearing on the proposed tax abatement program to help Frontier Labs finance improvements on the site of a proposed agriculture testing facility. The program would allow a maximum of $4,114 rebated in property taxes per year or $59,392 for the whole abatement term. Brown County would provide its share at approximately $2,654 per year. The program would run from Feb. 1, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2030. Frontier Labs would be required to provide four new jobs at $14 per hour within two years of occupying the site's building.



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