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Lake School Board ponders tax rate options while awaiting State funding decision



Wednesday, 27 February 2013 12:20


The Clear Lake School Board reviewed options for its 2013-14 budget Monday, but has delayed making any tax rate decisions until the state finalizes its allowable growth rate provided to schools.

Lorna Leerar, business manager for the School District, prepared tax levy information based upon zero, 2 and 4 percent allowable growth.  Leerar said she has no idea how soon the State Legislature will make a decision 


McChanges! 35-year-old restaurant will come down



Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:04

New restaurant will be built on site

A major McChange is in store for the McDonald’s restaurant in Clear Lake.

Owner David Scherer has received necessary approval from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to tear down the existing restaurant and construct a new building at the site.  No date for the temporary closing of the popular fast food restaurant has been set, according to Scherer.  However, it is expected to occur within the next few weeks.  McDonald’s will re-open in June, he said.  


City will hold the line on tax rate in ‘14



Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:02


For the third straight year the City of Clear Lake is holding the line on its tax rate.  

Monday night the Council set March 4 as the date for a public hearing on its proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.  

The proposed tax rate for the City of Clear Lake for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins, July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2014, is $10.54 per $1,000 of taxable value.  City administrator Scott Flory noted that in fiscal year 2012 the city’s tax rate increased from $10.04 to $10.54 per $1,000 of taxable valuation due to voter approval of a $2.3 million dollar general obligation bond to fund the construction and equipping of a new fire station. Prior to 2012 the tax rate had remained at $10.04 for five consecutive fiscal years.   “So, if not for the bond issue voters approved for the fire station we would be at the same tax rate for eight years.”


High speed chase ends west of Ventura



Wednesday, 20 February 2013 12:01



A high speed chase ended on Highway 18 west of Ventura about 4:45 p.m. Monday.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, a vehicle driven by Randal Roberts, 30, of Wisconsin, was stopped by authorities after it was suspected the vehicle had been stolen.  A trooper ran the license plates of the vehicle and discovered that it had been reported as stolen in Wisconsin.  After initially stopping, Roberts drove away 


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