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To the Editor,


Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

The article, "The quest of a remodeled courthouse continues, written by Kimberly Barnhart stated, "Commission-ers approve TIF extension for Rushford" (September 30, 2002), "The city of Rushford is in trouble, facing a financial shortfall of almost one million dollars." The statement is inaccurate and completely mischaracterizes the situation. The city is not in trouble. I'm sure that line was an attention-getter but it's not true. Perhaps Ms. Barnhart should have asked to see a copy of our latest audit report before making a statement like that. I will be happy to send her one so she can have the facts.

The "shortfall" being addressed is $800,000 and is due entirely to the State of Minnesota's change in real estate tax property class rates and property tax reform. When the 1993 Tax Increment bond was issued there was a reasonable expectation that the tax income property tax collections would retire the bonds on schedule. The State changed the rules in the middle of the game and we will have to refinance part of the bond issue in 2005. I testified before one of the House committees and one committee in the Senate. Our bill was passed by the legislature, giving us permission, subject to County and School District agreement, to extend our Tax Increment district's life by two years. We project that this will raise about $100,000 per year to be applied to the outstanding bond. The remaining balance of the bond will be refinanced and things will go on as usual.

Mayor Ted Roberton

Rushford, MN

Rudd - To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

On Monday, September 30, many residents of Preston and the surrounding area attended the public meeting in regards to the Heartland Energy and Recycling facility that very much wants to come to Preston.

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Stanton -To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

In a few short weeks you will have a chance to go to the polls and have a say in the race for Fillmore County Attorney. Don't miss the opportunity to vote for an outstanding individual.

Eric Herendeen is currently the Assistant ..... 
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Wilson -To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Kevin Kelleher is a good man. He is also a good father and husband…a decorated military veteran, and is a farmer and taxpayer himself who understands the many challenges facing us today. He has been a very capable, effective County Commissioner and I ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

There were 17 people that signed up for city wide rummage sales. While I was taking in a few on the list I noticed many more sale signs here and there. Is it really that hard to part with $5.00 to get on the list? More people on the list would make i ..... 
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Miller - To the Editor,

Fri, Oct 4th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

In last week's Fillmore County Journal, Kimberly Barnhart's article reported that the Fillmore County Commissioners approved a two year extension to the time set for Rushford to retire the 1993 Tax Increment Bond.

The State had ..... 
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To the Editor,

Mon, Sep 30th, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

This is an unusual letter for me to writing, but I wanted to commend Bonnie Prinsen for her intelligent, articulate review of the Commonweal Theatre's production of Dracula. Unusual because I rarely respond to reviews, unusual because as a Core Artis ..... 
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To the Editor,

Mon, Sep 23rd, 2002
Posted in Letter to the Editor

September 25 is designated as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Please take a few moments to remember those victims whose lives have been taken by the violent act of another person. Light a candle, say a prayer, remember their loved ..... 
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