January 2014

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Father William J. Coy, 85, Maryknoll, New York, formerly Danvers

Father William J. Coy died December 18, 2013 in New Rochelle, New York, of complications from open heart surgery. He was 85 years of age, and a Maryknoll priest for 58 years.  William Joseph Coy was born in Danvers, Minnesota, October 31, 1928 to Morris and Agnes (Quigley) Coy. He graduated from Benson High School, and attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota his freshman year. Realizing his calling to the priesthood, he then applied for and was accepted at the Maryknoll Catholic Mission Society of America’s seminary. He was ordained in 1955 and assigned to Bolivia. His first assignment after language school was to the Diocese of Santa Cruz. He was then assigned to San Pedro parish in the capital city of La Paz and from there to the jungle Vicariate of the Pando, where he worked almost exclusively for the rest of his time in Latin America.

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NOTICE OF FILING for BENSON TOWNSHIP

NOTICE OF FILING for BENSON TOWNSHIP

   Affidavits of candidacy for any qualified resident of Benson Township who wishes their name to be placed on the March ballot for township officer may file with the clerk starting December 31 at 5:00 pm and ending Tuesday January 14 at 5:00 PM. Offices to be elected are one Supervisor for a 3 year term and a clerk for a two year term.

Grant Herfindahl, Clerk Benson Township
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City keeps tax increase to 4.5%

After reducing taxes by 11.7 percent for 2013, the Benson City Council voted a 4.5 percent increase for 2014.  That increase raises the city’s tax levy by $60,716, from $1.261 million in 2013 to $1.321 million for 2014.
City taxpayers also will be paying $70,896 in taxes to pay down the general obligations bonds approved by voters to pay for the Benson outdoor swimming pool renovation.
The council approved a budget for 2014 that calls for $3,545,787 in revenues and $3,495,733 in expenses. The budget has a projected surplus of $54,054.
State tax law allows the cities to tax specifically for certain operations including police department wage and benefit costs and library operations. The city also taxes to recover for a tax abatement given to Claussen Properties as part of an economic development project.

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