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Estherville council amends budget

Citizen addresses council over curb & gutter assessment

April 19, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council took time during Monday's meeting to help a citizen understand her rights and responsibilities with her assessment for a new curb and gutter in front of her South Seventh Street home.

Laura Devereaux addressed the council to ask about the difference between the city's and county's valuation of her south side home. The difference in assessment was just over $3,000, the city assigning a higher value.

City administrator Penny Clayton said, "The valuation difference won't have an impact on the [curb and gutter] assessment amount."

Clayton told Devereaux, a first-time homeowner, people usually pay assessments through escrow. The payments can also be put on a homeowner's property taxes and spread over 10 years, Clayton said.

The council also approved a request from Team Amy to close First Avenue North between Seventh and Eighth streets and North Seventh Street from First to Second Avenue North for the Team Amy run Saturday, May 13.

The council discussed the amendment to the 2016-17 city budget. Clayton said, "These increases will be paid with monies on hand. There will not be any changes to property tax." A public hearing is scheduled for the May 15 council meeting.

The council also approved a request from the Estherville Rodeo Committee to waive solid waste collection fees for the Estherville High School Rodeo May 6-7.

The next meeting of the Estherville City Council will take place May 1 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of Estherville City Hall.



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