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Chatfield adopts preliminary levy for 2012


Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

After additional reductions in the budget for 2012, the council adopted the 2012 budget and levy at their September 12 meeting. The tax levy for the city is set to increase 8.13 percent. The final levy can be lowered from this figure, but not increased. Councilor Dave Frank was absent.

Councilor Paul Novotny said he was OK with the 8.13 percent increase now, but didn't know if he will be in December. He went on to explain that the preliminary number gives the city some latitude. Councilors Josh Thompson and Ken Jacobson seemed to agree that they should take another look at the figure in December.

City Clerk Joel Young explained the effect of the 2011 legislature repeal of the Homestead Market Value Credit and the enactment of the Homestead Market Value Exclusion. With the old law homesteads received a credit on their tax statement which reduced their gross tax. The state was to reimburse local governments for the sum of the market value credits granted. With this system some of the levy for local governments came from property tax payments and some came from the state as credit reimbursement payments.

Young acknowledged that this system hasn't worked very well, as the reimbursement from the state didn't match the sum of the market value credits granted. In 2010 the city will get a fraction of the total.

Young expressed concern that the November tax statements will show more than the 8.13 percent levy increase due to the newly implemented Homestead Market Value Exclusion. Cities will no longer receive reimbursements from the state. With the new law a portion of the homestead market value will be excluded from taxation. In other words, on homesteads valued less than $413,800, a portion of the taxable value will be excluded and not subject to tax.

The overall tax capacity will be reduced causing the net tax for property owners to be increased, even if the levy is not increased. Non-homesteads will be paying a larger portion of the levy because of the change in the composition of the tax base with the homestead exclusion. The state is eliminating $292 million of spending on market value credits.

Young explained that with less dollars to collect from homestead property, more will be coming from other classes of property. Property owners should be prepared for property tax statements which will be higher than expected.

In a related matter, a resolution was approved to establish the Fire Department as a sep .....
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Rushford Council sets preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

As the 2012 budget draws closer, the city has decided on a 4.7 percent levy increase, translating to $774,695. This is $34,695 more than in 2011.

Two options had been presented to the council by City Administrator Steve Sarvi. Option One, a ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council sets preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council moved right along in the agenda and acted on several issues.

The first is a donation of $15,055.15 from the Spring Valley Ambulance Association to purchase an AED for one of the ambulances. The very important p ..... 
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Preston sets preliminary levy

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council approved the preliminary levy reflecting a small decrease for 2012 at their September 6 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that city staff made a number of adjustments and additional reductions which resulted in a ..... 
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County discusses elimination of market value credit

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt at the county board's September 6 meeting explained the new 2011 special session property tax law. The state currently operates under the Market Value Homestead Credit (MVHC) formula where local governments receive ..... 
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Lanesboro approves levy and sales tax

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the preliminary budget and levy for 2012 at their regular meeting on September 6. The levy was set at $435,306, the same amount as last year. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said the MHVC (Market Value Homestea ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Minutes of August 2, 2011

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The August 2, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admi ..... 
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Ostrander City Council minutes

Thu, Sep 8th, 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 Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

Visitors: Mark Davis (insura ..... 
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Lanesboro to hold 9/11 tenth anniversary service "A Hero in Every Heart"

Thu, Sep 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

Five years ago, Jeff Reinartz of Austin wrote in the Rochester Post Bulletin about the fifth anniversary of 9/11. He said then that "It's as if a new emotion was invented that day that can't be expressed with mere words." It's likely that everyone f ..... 
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