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Board of Appeal maintains assigned property values after review


Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

After hearing the appellants reasoning to have a reduction in the current year valuation of their properties, the County Board of Appeal and Equalization at their June 14 meeting by consensus agreed that the assessed values should stand.

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the trends in property values. The total market value of all property in Fillmore County is $2,992,691,700 which is 3.76% higher than the prior year. The cities saw an increase of .53% while the townships saw an increase of 4.83%.

The increase in townships is due mostly to a 5.25% increase in the value of agricultural/rural land. Ag land (A tillable) values in the county are at $4,000 per acre up from $3,700 per acre. The per acre value ranks the lowest in the 12 county region. Goodhue County ranks the highest for Ag land at $6,160 per acre. Seasonal recreational land with a building is steady at $3,500.

New construction is down 32% in one year and down a total of $11 million in two years. The new construction total for all townships is $9,771,600, for all cities is $3,709,300. The total new construction for the county is $13,480,900. There was no new construction in the cities of Peterson and Whalen.

There were 157 sales of residential properties county wide with the city of Harmony seeing an increase in values. Overall residential property sale values were down slightly. Nine commercial/industrial properties were sold with no value change.

There were 25 sales of agricultural properties with an 8% increase in value for A and B soils and a 6% increase in C soils. The State Board ordered a 5% additional increase for A and B soils in Amherst Township. Blagsvedt was concerned about the state order as owners with parcels in two townships could experience two different values for the same soil type.

Allen Dahl Appeal

Allen Dahl appealed the value of his one acre property along the highway on the east edge of Harmony which he has owned for over 30 years. After an error in the description was resolved as to the size of the parcel, Dahl said the value was increased by $18,000 to $22,100. He added there was no sewer or water on the property.

Fred Horihan explained the property had been way undervalued. When he assessed the property he recognized the inequality and increased the value so everybody would be treated the same. The property is listed as residential, but has been used for commercial purposes for several years. Ho .....
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New tornado sirens for Harmony?

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the tornado that touched down right outside of Harmony on May 22, the warning sirens did not operate. Instead, fire trucks drove around town with their sirens on to warn people to take cover.

During the Harmony City Council meeting o ..... 
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County approves third telecommuter

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board approved the addition of one more employee to work under their telecommuting work place policy at their June 7 meeting. Community Services Administrator Tom Boyd said the child support worker will be handling a larger case ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses power rates

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

Council member Joe O'Connor gave a report on the Public Utilities Commission during the recent Lanesboro City Council meeting. The PU met with Tri-County Electric and Dairyland Power to discuss power rates. They also met with Mike Bubany from David ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, June 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

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

• Monday, June 6, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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Spring Valley to establish new TIF District

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday evening and passed a resolution that amends the boundaries of Tax Increment Financing District No. 1-11. In May of 2010, the city created the Tax Increment Financing District and now wa ..... 
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Chatfield parking restrictions approved

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

After a lengthy discussion the Chatfield City Council at their May 23 meeting approved a year long parking prohibition on the west side of Burr Oak Street in the area of the ball fields.

Councilor Russ Smith insisted the parking prohibition ..... 
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Rushford hosts open house

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Monday, May 23rd council meeting was a who's who of engineers, consultants, grant writers, and developers critical to Rushford's future. Earlier in the day, city hall had hosted an open house to all citizens hoping to glean some understanding of ..... 
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Government this week 5/30/11

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Wednesday, June 1, Canton City Council, Canton City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Thursday, June 2, Fountain City Council, Fountain City Office, 7:30 p.m.

• Monday, June 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.
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