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County presents tax levy of $6.5 million at taxation hearing


Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners held their Truth in Taxation hearing on Thursday, December 2, presenting a 2005 budget of $20,416,687, an increase of 3.77% from their 2004 budget of $19,673,290. They also presented a tax levy of $6,537,689, up 7.89% from the previous year.

The County Board will use $1 million in reserves, which includes funds from the sale of the county farm, to balance the budget. According to Policy Coordinator Karen Brown, the use of reserve funds is reflective of one-time expenditures in 2005, including the creation of a county shop in Canton and other capital expenses. The county will spend over $600,000 implementing the 911 addressing system county- wide in 2005.

Highlights of next year’s

budget:

Expenditures

•General government (22%), Public Safety (16%), Highway & Airport (31%) and Welfare (18%) make up nearly 90 % of the 2005 budget expenses .

•Salaries and budget constitute 40% of all expenditures.

•There is a decrease in transportation funding due to the legislature failing to pass a bonding bill in 2004.

•The county will incur cost shifts in excess of $100,000 on state mandated social service programs.

•Health insurance costs increased 12.4%.

•In 2005, the county will make an initial bond payment for the courthouse project.

Revenue

•Intergovernmental revenue (49%), county taxes (30.9%), and charges for services (10.9%) account for more than 90% of county revenues in 2005.

•The tax levy in Fillmore County has increased nearly $2 million over the past six years. In 2000, the levy was $4,653,268 compared to $6,537,689 planned for 2005, an increase of $1,884,421 (40.5%) over that period.

A total of five residents attended the hearing. Three raised questions about increases in their taxes payable in 2005. One Spring Valley couple questioned an increase in property taxes of 69%. All three were referred to the Assessor’s Office to discuss the matter.

The board is expected to approve the budget and levy when it meets on December 14.

Student Writing Project enters sixth year with new cast of writers

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Journal, in an effort to give local students an outlet to express their opinions and better their journalistic skills, has once again opened up space in its pages for six youth writers taking part in the Student Writing Project. < ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board: Board watches video critical of state funding strategies

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

A video distributed by the MN School Administrators/MREA and Alliance for Student Achievement, chastising the state’s financial balancing techniques, was viewed by the Fillmore Central School Board at their Monday, Nov. 22 meeting at the high school’ ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Water and electric rates to increase

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Is it a hearing if no one speaks? At the November 22 Rushford City Council meeting residents had their chance to be heard at public hearings on both water and electricity, but no one came to speak. Perhaps the citizens of Rushford realize the need fo ..... 
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Fillmore County Board of Commissioners: Zoning amendments approved for subdivisions and sewage treatment

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
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With careful attention to the wording, commissioners approved amendments to the zoning ordinance at their Tuesday, November 23 meeting.

As to subdivisions, two areas were addressed in the changes. Temporary dwellings are accept ..... 
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Prairie churches of Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

It’s a bone cold, drizzly day to be looking for old churches. Highway 30’s rolling curves offer little time to study buildings. Barns crumple slowly onto stone foundations. Once interesting houses go windowless, unpainted. Any moment, I expect a stee ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Spring Valley man charged with criminal vehicular homicide for fatal accident

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
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Todd Jeffrey Jones, 33, of Spring Valley, was charged with four felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 22. The charges stem from a fatal vehicle accident on April 15, 2004 between Wykoff and ..... 
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Commentary: What are you gonna do about it?

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
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If your candidate won and everything is hunky dory in your world, stop here and move on to something else. If not, read on.

So your candidate lost, get over it.

Instead of whining about what could have bee ..... 
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Thanksgiving at Grandma Bertha’s

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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LANESBORO - It’s not about the turkey. Even though the gobbler is center stage, the star of the show and everything else falls in place around it. Sometimes there is ham off on the sidelines and maybe some Swedish meatballs, in smaller quantities tha ..... 
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