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Lanesboro council holds Board of Equalization hearing


Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

A few residents of Lanesboro came before the council at their regular meeting on April 14 to voice some concerns during the Board of Equalization Public Hearing. Ron Vikre of the County Assessor's office was present to answer questions about property values and assessments.

Don Wangen had a question about his property, which has two buildings on one lot. One is his main home that he lives in, and the other is his shop, which has an apartment upstairs that he rents out. His concern was that his tax statement seems to show the property was split into two lots. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that it is still only one lot, with two different types of property on it.

Wangen was also concerned about how high his taxes have gone in comparison with how much money he has into the property. He explained how years ago he put in the road to the property, as well as his own sewer line. According to Wangen, his property was assessed at $114,500, although he only spent $28,000 in building it.

Vikre said that the main house was assessed as a homestead, and the other non-homestead due to the rental apartment. He also described the way property values are determined based on the square footage when there is an odd-shaped lot.

Rich Horihan was also present with concerns about how high the value of his commercial property has gone in the past year. Horihan owns the grain elevator in Lanesboro and recently added a new grain bin to the property. He asked Vikre if adding on to the property added the same amount to the value of it, dollar for dollar. Vikre said that it does not always go dollar for dollar, as they always have to go back to the market. The assessors compare properties with how similar properties are selling in the area to get an idea of its value.

Horihan was concerned that other businesses in town with the same value pay the same taxes that he does. Vikre and Vickerman did not have tax numbers, but they had a listing of values of properties in town.

"When my taxes go up 78 percent in one year, it doesn't make me want to continue doing business," said Horihan. "If you were to tax everyone on an equal basis, I would go along with it."

Council member Tom Dybing explained how commercial properties are assessed. The first $150,000 of value is taxed at 1.5 percent, and after that it's two percent. That number is the tax capacity. Property taxes are determined by the city's levy amount and the .....
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County Board debates flood plain restrictions

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig came prepared with copies of the current ordinance on flood plains at the April 8 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Confusion as to what is allowed to be built in a flood plain was the issue. Craig ex ..... 
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Preston Council looks at 2008 street projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Bill Cox, Public Works, presented maps and descriptions of three suggested projects to Preston City council members at their April 7 meeting. Work in the downtown area could be wrapped up with a mill and overlay of portions of St. Anthony and Mill S ..... 
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Harmony residents raise questions about property tax assessments

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Citizens of Harmony came to the City Council meeting on April 8 to discuss their property taxes and the assessments made on their homes recently. Fred Horihan and Cindy Blagsvadt from the Fillmore County Assessor's Office were there to answer any qu ..... 
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Lanesboro Council discusses capital improvement projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro City Council members got together for a special meeting on April 7 to discuss the capital improvement projects and financing. They were also able to hear about some new options and lower costs from Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates ..... 
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SV City Council holds special session on flood buyout

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in Special Session on Wednesday night (April 9, 2008) to take action on three items regarding buy out of property in the Flood Plain.

Flood Damage Buyout by City

Lucille Daggett had approached the Ci ..... 
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Design Team to help Rushford plan

Fri, Apr 4th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Susan Hart, co-chair of the Rushford Steering Committee, addressed the County Board at their April 1 meeting. Hart asked commissioners to come to Rushford during the visit of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) from April 24 through the 26 to ..... 
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County looks at tax abatement for Chatfield

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
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PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board listened to the public and representatives from Chatfield encouraging the county to approve the tax abatement plan for the Hilltop Estates Development at their March 25 meeting. Commissioners Stafford Hansen and M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that ..... 
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