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County holds Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting


Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board of Appeal and Equalization met on Tuesday afternoon to review assessments of property throughout the county. The total value of all property for the 2003 assessment in Fillmore County is $1,671,962,900, up from $1,519,722,700 the previous year.In a letter to the County Board, Fillmore County Assessor Robert Pickett stated that property sold in 2002 had an annualized median increase of 13% with a range from 2% to 75%. This is similar to what has been seen in previous years.In the 2002 sales ratio study for the 2003 assessment, there were 243 residential class sales, 22 commercial sales and 45 agricultural sales. Residential properties increased 8% over the past year, with agricultural properties increasing 8.2% and commercial 8.4% from the previous year’s assessment.New construction totalled $26,142,000, an increase of 5.7% from the 2002 assessment. Of this total, $12,573,800 occurred in townships and $13,568,200 in cities.Spring Valley had new construction of $3,855,100, Chatfield $2,563,000, Fountain 1,429,600, Rushford $1,396,300 and Preston $1,074,700.The Board of Equalization voted unanimously to approve the assessor’s recommendation to adjust the estimated market value of property in Newburg Township owned by Michael and Nancy Aske from $83,000 to $77,500.Commissioner Randy Dahl made the point that he wanted the public to know that 1/3 to 1/2 of the commercial property tax levied in the county actually goes to the state. The county assessor agreed stating that the actual percentage going to the state depends on the city tax rate. He also said that some of the tax for seasonal recreational property also goes to the state of Minnesota.“When they say the local tax stays local, it is not always true,” the second district Commissioner said. “This is a backdoor way for the state to get revenue.”




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DNR hosts open house for trail

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

Legislative Authorization - Blufflands trail system, Fillmore, Olmsted, Winona, and Houston counties. (a) The Root River trail shall originate at Chatfield in Fillmore county, and thence extend easterly in the Root River valley to the intersection of ..... 
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Auction raises $10,000 for middle school gym floor

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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"A dollar on the box to go; now two," was a phrase repeated a multitude of times at the Rushford-Peterson Middle School on Saturday, June 14 as auctioneers Denny Darr and Murray McKinley sold donated goods for over six hours.

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Rushford Electric Commission struggles with some "Powerful" decisions

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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A roomful of citizens listened to expert presentations Thursday night at the special meeting of the Rushford Electric Commission before getting the chance to air their questions and concerns.

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County to hold public hearing on new feedlot ordinance

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Fillmore County feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron reviewed a new proposed feedlot ordinance at last week’s meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission. The proposed ordinance will go to public hearing on July 17.

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Lanesboro Council POST Board and Audit 2002

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Paul Monteen addressed the Lanesboro City Council Monday night using a PowerPoint presentation to explain the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board. Monteen gave a brief overview of the board and its purpose, the licensing of po ..... 
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Bids approved for Ridge Road and Spring Avenue at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council at their June 16 meeting found itself with no attractive choices when the bids came in for two road projects. The low bid for Ridge Road was about $87,000 higher for the City's share of costs, approximately 27% more than prev ..... 
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“Other People’s Money” another winner for Commonweal

Fri, Jun 20th, 2003
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Commonweal Theater launched another summertime winner on June 13 with “Other People’s Money,” written by Jerry Sterner who was once successful in real estate until he quit to pursue his real love: writing.

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Renaissance man returns to his Rushford roots

Fri, Jun 13th, 2003
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Friend hear the  words my wandering  thoughts would say.  I’ve found the grandest  place in all the   U.S.A.– &nb ..... 
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