North Kato sets .5% reduction in proposed tax rate for 2019, Tax Levy to total $6.9M

By |2018-09-18T13:50:13-05:00September 18th, 2018|

North Mankato is moving forward with a .5-percent reduction in the tax rate for 2019 and has set the proposed Tax Levy for next year at nearly 6.9-million dollars. Finance Director Kevin McCann says the Nicollet County Auditor updated the City on property values, which shows were higher than originally estimated.  "So we said, we could lower the tax rate even further based on that increase, but we decided to just go back to the half-percent, have a little extra cushion available for some projects that have come up with the extremely wet summer. With Pierce Avenue, with the sewer repairs there [...]

North Mankato proposing $993,000 budget increase, slight decrease in tax rate for 2019

By |2018-09-05T12:31:56-05:00September 5th, 2018|

North Mankato Council members poured over the meat and potatoes of the preliminary budget for 2019 on Tuesday night, with a proposed 4-percent spending increase. Staff is proposing an increase of nearly 993-thousand dollars, which increases the budget to approximately 23.8-million dollars next year. Some of the increases stem from an anticipated 7-percent rate hike for health insurance in 2019, a 50-thousand dollar increase to fund projects in the parks plan, 20-thousand dollars more to address pavement projects and 250-thousand dollars for facilities replacement.  City Administrator John Harrenstein says they arrived at the funding for buildings after making other improvements over [...]

Mankato School District reaches agreement with MDHR to reduce suspension and expulsion rates for minority students

By |2018-04-27T16:36:50-05:00April 27th, 2018|

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) reached an agreement on Friday with ten districts around the state, including the Mankato School District, to reduce disparities in suspension and expulsion rates for students with disabilities or students of color. ISD 77 Director of Human Resources Eric Hudspith says many of the initiatives in the agreement are already being practiced in the district. "The goals of our agreement continue the work we started in reducing the number of suspensions of African-american students, students of color and students with disabilities, relative to their enrollment in the district. The second goal we have as [...]

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