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Letter about R-P referendum...


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

To the Editor,

After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Dayton signed a bill that provides additional debt equalization funding to school districts that suffered from a natural disaster. Our current tax base allows the state to pay 55% (estimated to be $20.9 million) of the total cost of a new R-P school building constructed outside of a floodplain. The state will NOT provide this additional funding towards remodeling our current facilities.

•$20,990,750 state funding available for new facility outside the flood plain

•$17,174,250 community funding (R-P School District)

•The above combined totals $38,165,000 for Early Childhood- 12th Grade Building

If you would like additional information about the funding formula, please call: Tom Melcher - Minnesota Department of Education, School Finance - (651)582-8828.

Unlike most state appropriations, debt service equalization aid is NOT appropriated on a two-year basis. It is an “open and standing” appropriation that is appropriated automatically and does not rely on legislative action to be available. However, the legislation does require the community to vote to fund a new building.

In plain language: the 55% ($20,990,750) will be available when the bond levy referendum to build a $38,165,000 school building passes. The state will pay 55% of the principal and interest over the 20-year loan. The state funds do not expire.

Legislators from all over the state recognized our need and gave us this gift. Citizens of Minnesota - including all R-P district taxpayers - help fund projects every year, like the Gophers stadium, the Vikings stadium, and Twin Cities light rail transit. Let’s accept the gift from our fellow citizens and build the school our children deserve.

Janelle Ansell

R-P Vote Yes Committee

Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanlan’s handpicked people on the ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible child ..... 
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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible child ..... 
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Donations to Fillmore Central Readiness program

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation,recently donated a combined $6,000 to the Fillmore Central School Readiness program. School Readiness is available to eligible child ..... 
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