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Dave Olson, Published March 10 2010

Oakport Township residents approve levy increase for 2011

Oakport Township residents attending the township’s annual meeting Tuesday approved tax levies for 2011 totaling $165,000, an amount that is about $20,000 higher than the 2010 total levy.

Most of the increase was a result of nearly doubling the general fund levy from $25,000 to $45,000.

Officials said it was the first time the general fund levy had been increased in about 20 years.

Board Chairman Greg Anderson said the 2011 levies will raise the township portion of property taxes on a $279,000 home from about $240 to approximately $280.

Stating that the idea of raising taxes “truly goes against every gene in my body,” Anderson added that the increase was necessary because township spending has been outpacing income for several years.

“We’re growing like a city, we have costs like a city,” Anderson said. “If we do nothing, we’re going to be broke.”

Also at the annual meeting, township officials tallied the results of a township election held Tuesday.

Incumbent township supervisor Tim Brendemuhl, who ran unopposed, was re-elected with 68 votes.

Incumbent supervisor Kurt Lackmann was re-elected with 66 votes, with a write-in candidate, Todd Moeller, receiving two votes in that race.

Carol Kuehl, township clerk/treasurer, was re-elected with 70 votes.

With a potentially serious spring flood looming, township officials urged residents who haven’t done so to sign up now for Clay County’s CodeRED phone alert system.

Anderson said in times of emergency, such as a dike break, the system can issue alerts and other information to phone numbers residents place on file with the county.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555