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County increases taxes by 8%


Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners held a Truth in Taxation hearing at the courthouse last Thursday evening. Present at the meeting were four commissioners and eleven department heads, along with about seven citizens.

Board Chairman Gary Peterson explained to those in attendance that the purpose of the hearing was to gain public input on the proposed 2001 county budget. However, it soon became clear that all of the citizens who were present were there to complain about dramatic increases in their property taxes.

County Auditor Angela Burrs, who had prepared a well-organized written report, reviewed the proposed budget line by line, explaining the increases and decreases in each line item. The county portion of the tax levy will increase by 8% in 2001, while the state paid portion of the levy will decrease by 2%.

Overall, total revenues for the county will be up 23%, or $5,083,099. All line items on the revenue side, except for "other taxes" and "licenses and permits" will show an increase in 2001. The greatest revenue increase will come from state funding, a 32% increase.

On the expenditure side of the budget, every item, except for "conservation of natural resources," showed an increase. The "Airport and Highway" category topped the increases, showing a 35% rise over the year 2000 budget. Burrs attributed this highway increase to a rise in state highway funds for the county.

The "bottom line" of the budget shows a total expenditure increase of 22% over fiscal year 2000, with an expenditure total of $23,426,572 against a revenue budget of $23,026,885. The $399,687 budget shortfall will be covered by reserves and carry-forward balances (unspent monies) from the previous year.

A considerable time was spent at this meeting listening to the complaints of taxpayers who are seeing a sharp rise in their property tax. The assessors office has been busy reassessing properties based on market value, and with a sharp increase in the value of Fillmore county real estate, some property owners have seen their taxes rise by more than 140%.

While sympathetic to the concerns of the citizens who were present, Chairman Peterson informed the group that the Truth in Taxation hearing is not the proper venue for taxpayer complaints about rising assessments.

For those who wish to appeal their property tax levy, there is a three-step process. The first level of appeal is a .....
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Letters to Lydia

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

It is 1966. My grandma, Lydia Harris DeLeeuw, lies semi-conscious in Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glencoe, Minnesota, the town in which she was born. She is eighty-nine years old and dying of colon cancer. My grandfather ..... 
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Election 2000:

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditors department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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The Getaway

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

My wife and I like to take a short trip every year after Labor Day. We decided that this year we would return to the Black Hills and see how the work was getting on at the Crazy Horse monument, visit Mount Rushmore an ..... 
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A Harry Potter party

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Harry Potter has worked magic in Fillmore County, enticing both children and adults to become passionate readers. And I, too, have become a Harry Potter fan. In fact, as each new book was released I had to bargain with ..... 
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The Easy Way Out

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

Here's a story for your entertainment. Say there's a girl and a boy who are both teenagers, we'll call them Britney and Billy-Bob. They have sex. They have sex a lot. In fact they have sex whenever they can. But one m ..... 
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The Underground

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
Where are you going? Where are you going?
Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
But the earth is us,
We' ..... 
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Bird Brains

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday,December 11, 2000

While some may beg to disagree, I believe most birds are smart, real smart. Far more intelligent, in fact, than science ever gives them credit for. Unlike many ornithologists (bird scientists) who evaluate avian though ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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