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Equalization Board increases Ag/Rural Vacant Land valuation


Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner

The Fillmore County Board of Appeals and Equalization met June 14. County commissioners swear an oath of office before sitting on this board. Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed 2016 assessment valuations for various classifications for taxes payable in 2017.

Agricultural/Rural Vacant Land values in the 2016 assessment were down nearly 20% from the previous year, or a total reduction in value of $622 million. This was determined by 47 sales of land over 34.5 acres. Many land owners are enjoying reduced property taxes this year. But, because preliminary sales are strong, Blagsvedt recommended a 10% increase in valuations from that reported on valuation notices.

This is to be a blanket increase to level out future increases. Preliminary sales (those made in the last quarter of 2015 up to this day) include one for $7,800/acre for A tillable land (2016 at $6,800). More than one sale at about $7,100/acre for A/B tillable land (2016 at about $6,300). B tillable soils have sold for $6,800/acre (2016 at $6,000) and B/C tillable soils have sold for about $6,600/acre (2016 at about $5,000). There are 37 agricultural land sales in this study. The target is to have the valuation ratio above 90%. If no increase is made, the tax burden will shift to other classifications and there will likely be a very steep increase in agricultural land values the next time.

Blagsvedt maintained the 10% increase is intended to prevent any steep adjustments. Duane Bakke noted agricultural land has been under valued and this 10% increase is a way to get it adjusted to where it should be. He continued that we are better off stabilizing agricultural land values, which will still be lower for 2017 payable property taxes. A motion to increase Ag/Rural Vacant Land values by 10% was approved unanimously.

The volume of residential sales has been increasing. Five taxing districts have increases in residential value, including Arendahl Township, Harmony Township, Fountain, Lanesboro, and Rushford. Five taxing districts have seen decreases in residential value including Canton, Mabel, Peterson, and Rushford Village.

Blagsvedt reported that based on a five-year history (five sales), there has been a 15% increase in valuations of apartments. Commercial sale valuations also saw a 15%increase in value based on 12 sales. The Department of Revenue requires underground fuel tanks to be added to the tax ro .....
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Whalan City Council grants special liquor license

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Whalan Government

By Barb Jeffers The Whalan City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on June 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and quickly moved forward with agenda items. Present were Mayor Rory Berekvam along with council members Johnny Halvorson, Margaret Chiglo, J ..... 
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Lanesboro Council considers feasibility study for new assisted living center

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Hannah Wingert EDA Chair Michael Brown asked the Lanesboro council to approve a feasibility study at their regular meeting on July 13. The study was requested by a company that approached the EDA about building an assisted living center in Lane ..... 
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Shoreland District amendment sent to County Board

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in All Government

By Karen Reisner At the June 9 meeting of the Planning Commission, a public hearing was held on proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance, Section 612, Shoreland District. Duane Bakke explained that the intention is to conform with the ..... 
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Sheriff’s Office receives TZD outstanding agency award

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner At the June 14 county board meeting, the Office of Traffic Safety Law Enforcement Liaison Scott McConkey presented the outstanding agency equipment award to Patrol Sergeant Derek Fuglestad and Sheriff Tom Kaase. McConkey noted th ..... 
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Harmony accepts street clock donation from Hanlon family

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

By Hannah Wingert At their June 14 meeting, Pam Brink asked the Harmony City Council if they would consider covering the costs to install electricity and pour the pad for a street clock that she and her siblings, Susan Leonhart, Tom Hanlon, Greg Ha ..... 
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Chatfield water meter bids dominate meeting

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner Specifications for the installation of remotely readable water meters and the bids submitted dominated the discussion at the June 13 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. Councilors Ken Jacobson and Robert Pederson were absent. ..... 
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Rushford Village details road improvement options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner City of Rushford Village has spent nearly every meeting over the course of the last three years discussing road improvement needs and projects. Now, the city is set to kick off an $878,000 project in south Rushford in the comin ..... 
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County appoints interim auditor/treasurer, makes structural changes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Much of the June 7 meeting of the county board was dominated by discussion related to the future of the auditor/treasurer office and staff. Carrie Huffman was appointed as interim A/T. She has been employed by the county as an ac ..... 
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