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Chatfield seeks to limit 2012 property tax impact


Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting on December 5 discussed at length ways to reduce the impact of 2012 property taxes. The elimination of the Homestead Market Value Credit this last summer by the state and the establishment of the Homestead Market Value Exclusion has had for some properties a significant impact on property taxes.

City Clerk Joel Young said it was clear to him after the November 28 council meeting that councilors wanted to reduce the city's preliminary 2012 levy number set in September at an 8.13 percent increase. Chatfield is in a unique position with part of the city in Olmsted County and part in Fillmore County. The split between counties adds to the variables that effect individual property tax numbers. In general, lesser valued homes may have seen a reduction in their property taxes from 2011 on their preliminary property tax statements, and higher valued homes and businesses may have seen severe increases.

Young illustrated the broad variations with a sampling to compare tax impacts on six properties. A comparison of two residential properties showed one with a 0.4 percent decrease and one with a 9.3 percent increase. A comparison of two business properties showed one with a 11.6 percent increase and one with a 20.2 percent increase. A comparison of two industrial properties had one with a 6.3 percent increase and one with a seven percent increase. These six varied changes in property taxes from 2011 to 2012 were all figured with the city levy for 2012 set at an increase of 8.1 percent.

The point is if the council reduces the levy for 2012 to let's say a six percent increase, the impact on each of these various properties will be different. The actual levy would be reduced, which would reduce the amount the city collects in total. However, there is not a direct relationship between the levy percent of increase and an individual property tax increase or decrease, as other factors effect the individual property tax. The new Exclusion law shifts more of the burden to non-homesteads and high valued residences.

Young said since the last council meeting he had combed through the budget and found about $10,000 more in police aid from the state than expected and identified a few other possible cuts. He will give a full presentation on December 12.

Discussion

Mayor Don Hainlen suggested they set a target and not try to micromanage individual departments. The mayor exp .....
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Ostrander City Council meeting minutes

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn.

Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

Visitors: Royal Dempewolf (W ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Thu, Dec 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The November 1, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. with Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoni ..... 
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Harmony Chamber and EDA hears from Tim Penny

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Harmony Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority (EDA) shared a round table meeting and dinner together on November 29 at the Golf Club in Harmony. The annual meeting is a chance for the group to get together and discuss the past y ..... 
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Judge hears eminent domain case

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The city of Preston exercised their power of eminent domain to acquire 5.99 acres that they deemed necessary to construct the Preston-Forestville Recreational Trail system on March 2, 2009. The trail had been planned to be a segment of the Bluffland ..... 
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Many attend Rushford public hearing

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The house was packed Monday, November 28 as the city council conducted two public hearings and delved into a full agenda. The majority of the public, who was left standing in doorways and sitting on tables, was in attendance with questions or concer ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Dec. 5, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 5, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 5, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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Spring Valley hears from Hometown Pride committee

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

It was an extremely light agenda at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night. There was one item that was the highlight of the meeting, that being a presentation by Beverly Sandlin representing the Hometown Pride Committee.

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Chatfield discusses 2012 levy

Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

Chatfield councilors generally expressed a desire at the council's November 28 meeting to reduce the final levy for 2012 from the 8.13 percent increase that was set in September as the preliminary levy. Next year's budget and tax levy had been discu ..... 
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