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Ag land continues steep value increase


Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Fillmore County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the numbers on property values at the June 24 meeting of the Board of Appeal and Equalization. Because there are only four commissioners at this time, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter was sworn in along with the commissioners to serve on this board.

The value of good tillable agricultural land has doubled in just four years and more than tripled in nine years. County wide tillable land median selling price was $7,150 with a high sale of $10,000 per acre. These increases have helped to cause the township levy rates to go down because of an increased overall tax capacity.

The total value of all the agricultural/rural land (over $3 billion) now makes up 77 percent (last year 74 percent) of the total property value in the county including all classifications of property. Ag land value saw an increase of 16.54 percent in one year. Residential properties make up 19 percent or more than $785 million of the total property value in the county. The one year increase in value for residential property was 1.44 percent. Other categories including commercial make up just over 4 percent of the total property value in the county. The total value increase for the county including all classifications of property for one year was 12.69 percent, primarily due to the increase in value of tillable agricultural land.

Due to residential sales in individual cities estimated market values required a decrease in the cities of Harmony, Mabel, and Peterson and an increase in Preston and Rushford.

New construction had picked up over one year for most classifications except agricultural/rural, which was down 25 percent. However, new construction on agricultural/rural properties still totaled more than $5 million.

Appeals

This board is tasked to hear appeals of the current year valuations or classifications from property owners who want to appeal the total estimated market value of their property. Board members must justify value changes for any property as this will “have the effect of shifting the tax burden to other property owners.”

Stone Mill Hotel and Suites and Feed Mill

Richard Lamon appealed the valuation and/or classification on two parcels located in Lanesboro, Stone Mill Hotel and Suites and the red Feed Mill building. He explained that Cynthia Blagsvedt and property appraiser Ron Vikre both looked at h .....
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County to continue participation in Minnesota performance measurement program

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s June 24 meeting the board approved a resolution to continue participation in the Minnesota Office of State Auditor Performance Measurement Program. The county has participated since 2010 when it adopted and implemented 10 per ..... 
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Loan funds approved for Spring Valley’s Chateau de Chic

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on June 23 and approved an application for revolving loan funds for working capital for the Chateau de Chic in the amount of $25,000. The application stated that the business needs gap financing to pave the way for ..... 
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Rushford grabs opportunity during project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

With the Highway 43 Project slated to begin Monday, June 30, the Rushford Electric Commission is considering expanding lighting upgrades along the highway corridor. The lighting will be temporarily removed for the project, so the commission will sei ..... 
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Chatfield awards 2014 public works improvement contract to Zenke, Inc.

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

After considerable discussion the Chatfield City Council made the contract award to Zenke, Inc., LaCrescent, at their June 23 meeting. Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, had recommended awarding the contract to Zenke at the city council’s June 9 meeting. ..... 
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Interest sparked for Mabel Ambulance candidates

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on June 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present except Sue Amunrud. The meeting was held at the Meadows of Mabel assisted living center. The minutes from the April 9, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved. ..... 
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North Preston regional pond planned

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the feasibility report for a North Regional Pond at the Preston City Council’s June 16 meeting. Early in April when Grabau discussed the details of the feasibility study for the proposed North Industrial Park, se ..... 
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Rushford Village moves Tuff Lane Bridge project forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council, now with Gordon Johnson at the helm, following Dale Shwanke’s resignation as mayor, and Chad Rasmussen in the vacant council seat, wasted no time in dealing with agenda items. Several of the items, which have been on ..... 
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Wykoff Council shocks mayor

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The June 9 Wykoff City Council meeting started seemingly ordinary and ended with a bang. There were some simple matters discussed, such as approval for the fire department to purchase $500 in candy for summer parades, approval for the Wykoff summer ..... 
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