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County approves tax abatements for flood damage properties


Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Assessor Robert Pickett presented the board with a very long list of properties in Fillmore County that should qualify for a tax abatement for the second half of 2007 at their October 9 meeting. These properties will have to have at least a 50% loss to qualify. The list of parcels included homestead (198), non-homestead (24), commercial (64), and mobile home (32) properties. Pickett asked for and received approval for the abatements.

Pickett said that letters have been mailed to the parcel owners. These property owners will not have to apply for the 2007 abatement, but will have to apply to receive any abatement in 2008. Commissioner Randy Dahl asked if some properties not listed could potentially qualify with another inspection. Pickett responded that if people have questions, they can call the office and the property may be reassessed.

The four counties in the state with the most damage are Fillmore, Houston, Winona, and Cook. Cook County sustained damage to property through fires earlier this year.

Commissioner Duane Bakke asked Pickett how the county's budget will be affected in the coming year. Pickett assured him that shortfalls due to a reduced tax base because of flood damage should be covered by the state's reimbursement to the county for the abatements. Bakke suggested, therefore, that the county's reduction of tax capacity in the flooded areas should not impact other property owners within the county to any great degree.

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter asked the board to delegate authority to her to abate the penalty for late payment of second half property taxes in 2007 for homeowners who were effected by the flood. This, for example, could include a property owner who did not have property damage, but may have been put out of a job by the flood. However, if the second half of the 2007 property taxes are not paid by December 31, then all penalties will apply. County Attorney Brett Corson noted that the language was broad and that Boelter has the authority to say no to a property owner that she doesn't believe has a hardship due to the flood. The board approved the request.

Boelter requested and received approval from the board for an extension of the due date for second half property taxes for businesses affected by the August flooding. The extension does not apply to special assessments on the property. A qualifying business owner must pay all the second half taxes due by December 31 or all p .....
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Preston proceeds with eminent domain for trail

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members unanimously approved a resolution at their October 2 meeting appointing Preston Attorney David Joerg as special counsel to use eminent domain proceedings to acquire two holdout properties for the Preston-Forest ..... 
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EDA proposal tweaked for DEED acceptance

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - "As to the question, 'is the business community satisfied with this (proposal)?', I think I can answer that-No!" said Rushford mayor Les Ladewig in the special meeting of the city council last Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Ladewig continued, " ..... 
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County Board approves application procedure for demolition and debris removal

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

Fillmore County flood victims that need to have their condemned primary residence demolished and removed can apply for grant money from the state. The board approved the application form and criteria and the process at their October 2 meeting.
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Public hearing to vacate Southern Hills easement set

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Developer Gary Grebin came before the Lanesboro City Council at their Monday, October 1, meeting to discuss the possibility of re-platting Lots 9 and 10 of the Southern Hills development, on the backside of Maple Drive. The matter was re ..... 
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Rushford council sorts out aid issues

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

By Bonnie Prinsen & Tom Driscoll

RUSHFORD - "We've heard from so many entities about our unique unity as a community," said Council member Nancy Benson at the regular meeting of the Rushford City Council last Monday, Sept. 24. "Money should n ..... 
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Flood recovery dominates county board agenda

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners faced a full agenda at their September 25 meeting with most issues relating to the recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota. A group of people from several organizations and departments detailed their ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Reconstruction of Hudson Street set for public hearing

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night September 24 and passed a resolution calling for a public hearing on a major improvement project. Bryan Holtz of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the Feasibility Report to the Council. ..... 
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Rushford struggles with bad wells and condemnations

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Looking a little weary nearly a month after flooding transformed Rushford into a disaster area, Mayor Les Ladewig and City Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry Johnson and Herb Highum met in special session on Monday Septemb ..... 
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