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Kingsland School Board discusses changes in property tax law


Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board discussed the impact that the changes in the homestead residential market value may have on taxpayers in the school district at their meeting Monday, October 17.

The 2011 Minnesota Legislature repealed the homestead residential market value credit and enacted a similarly designed homestead market value exclusion. This change is effective for taxes payable in 2012. Local governments will receive the full amount that they levy from their taxpayers. The state may receive additional tax revenues from some property owners.

"The homestead market value credit has been replaced with the homestead market value exclusion," Superintendent John McDonald said. "The exclusion reduces the taxable value of qualifying homesteads. Despite the decreased taxable value, taxes will increase on most properties including apartments and businesses."

"The increase has nothing to do with referendums or tax levies under our control," McDonald said. "This is a law that the legislature passed this past summer to solve the budget crisis."

"This is really going to hurt rural Minnesota," board member Doug Plaehn said.

In other action, the board approved a security system from Custom Alarm of Rochester. They were the overall low bid at $9,300 for installation and $20 per month for monitoring. They also offered the first three months of monitoring at no charge.

The Truth in Taxation hearing for the proposed 2012 levy will be held on December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the district conference room.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in the district conference room.

Fillmore Central Elementary receives grant from Preston Area community Foundation

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Dwight Luhmann, President of the Preston Area Community Foundation, presents a $600 check to Taryn Raaen, a fifth grader at Fillmore Central. The funds were used to purchase junior size tennis rackets and low-bounce balls for the Fillmore Central El ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about reading curriculum

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

Special Education teacher Hollie Clarke spoke to the Lanesboro School Board about a curriculum that she has been using with great success called Read Well. She explained that there are three reading levels; kindergarten, first and second grade, but ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a "C" or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only 10-1 ..... 
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Financial Aid Night

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. A representative from Southeast Technical College in Winona will be here with a financial aid presentation and wil ..... 
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Fillmore County schools, top to bottom

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

What if we compared all public schools at numerous grade levels in Fillmore County in the areas of math, reading and science? Which schools would stand out amongst their peers?

The 2011 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment was released on Sept ..... 
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Kingsland School Board approves maximum proposed levy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School board certified the maximum property tax levy for 2012 in their meeting Monday, September 19.

"We certified the maximum instead of a specific dollar amount in the event that the state has made and error or a correction n ..... 
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Fillmore Central sets preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board set their preliminary levy during their regular meeting on September 27. Superintendent Richard Keith said the levy, which was set at $1,621,231.60, is a 5.54 percent increase over last year. He explained the reason ..... 
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College News

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Education

Dean's List/Honor Rolls

• UM Twin Cities: Danielle L. Fong of Harmony, Nicole M. Bradley of Preston, Kevin McDonnell of Rushford, and Amanda S. Holmen of Spring Valley.

•College of St. Scholastica: Matthew Quanrud of Preston. ..... 
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