The Lake Elmo Farmers Market is held Saturday’s from 10 to 1 through September 26th in the Hagstrom’s Courtyard in Downtown Lake Elmo. Local vendors sell a variety of fresh produce, artisan jam, fresh bread, honey, handmade soaps and other items. Visit the Farmers Market Facebook page here for photos of the amazing products available and updates on vendors: Lake Elmo Farmers Market
A process for reimbursement for Washington County library cards issued to Lake Elmo residents was approved by the County Board at its meeting April 14.
The Lake Elmo Library is a separate entity from the Washington County Library, and Lake Elmo residents do not pay property taxes into the county’s library fund. Lake Elmo residents who wish to use Washington County Library branches must purchase a library card. Lake Elmo Public Library will reimburse the Washington County Library for one Washington County Library card per Lake Elmo household. Information regarding the library card reimbursement process will be provided to Lake Elmo residents who inquire about or receive Washington County Library cards.
Lake Elmo residents will no longer have to make the initial purchase of Washington County Library cards. To ensure residents have access to Washington County libraries, the Lake Elmo Public Library will pay the $60 fee for one Washington County library card per Lake Elmo household, billed directly to the Lake Elmo Public Library.
Library cards issued to Lake Elmo residents are good for 12 months at all Washington County libraries, as well as associate libraries in Bayport and Stillwater, but will not be honored outside the Washington County Library system. The cards issued to Lake Elmo residents are for physical materials only, such as books, DVDs, and magazines, but not ebooks and other electronic resources.
The City of Lake Elmo adopted (5-0 unanimous vote) a tax levy of $3,137,000 or approximately $25,600 less than last year. Lake Elmo was one of only a handful of full-service cities to drop its levy in the Twin Cities metroplex with the average tax increase noted as 3.68%. The City was also able to hold cost flat in the area of insurances, police protection, and administrative services – especially in staffing. An unabridged copy of the 2015 Lake Elmo Budget is now available for online viewing: Click here to view.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Lake Elmo by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.