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County okays Hillside Estates tax abatement


Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On April 15 the Fillmore County Board unanimously adopted a resolution approving a property tax abatement for infrastructure improvements for Hillside Estates in the city of Chatfield. Hilltop Estates includes the new elementary school to be constructed this year and a residential subdivision which may one day have as many as 362 homes. The abatements will reimburse the city for the extraordinary infrastructure that will become necessary to reach an area 260 feet higher than Main Street.

The special meeting of the board was to allow a continuation of the public hearing first held on March 25. Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates again summarized the projects including a water tower which is to be the sole responsibility of the city of Chatfield, a booster station needed because of the elevation and a new access road, Hillside Drive, to connect the existing subdivision to the development on the hill. Bubany added that the first residential phase of the project has 17 lots. The area will have a second access off Hwy 30. The development is in the Southeastern part of Chatfield.

The proposed abatement will redirect 75% of the county and school district portions of the property taxes on the new residential properties to the city to finance the infrastructure improvements. Chatfield will pay for the costs of the road and booster station through the issuance of general obligation bonds. The bonds will be paid off in part from the city's tax levy, special assessments, collection of water revenues and in part through the redirection of abated taxes from the school district and the county. Twenty-five percent of the property taxes will be distributed to the city, school district and county as usual. Residents on the abated properties will pay taxes on their properties based on their values the same as any other property owner.

Public Input

Two women addressed the board opposing the abatement plan. Barbara Upton of rural Fountain and a long time teacher again insisted that if the board approved the abatement they would be enabling a bad plan. She felt there was a need for a judge to remand an additional thirty days to give the public longer to comment. Upton complained that the public is unaware of all that is going on. She worried about the "Decorah Shale" that the road will need to go through. Upton was informed by Gregg Downing, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would .....
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DEED letter adds more confusion to flood loan process

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was with a grim resignation that about three dozen people gathered at city hall in the council chambers for another regular meeting of the Rushford City Council April 14 at 6:30 p.m..

Some have chosen to be spectators, others h ..... 
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Spring Valley residents discuss property taxes

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

What's my property worth? The Board of Appeals and Equalization is an annual event in City and County Government to give property owners an opportunity to ask questions concerning their tax statements. At the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Mo ..... 
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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 propert ..... 
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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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