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Rushford City Council Report: Assessor discusses Rushford property tax


Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Fillmore County Assessor Robert Pickett and Assessor Fred Horihan visited the Rushford City Council meeting January 26th to discuss the perceived inconsistencies in the valuation of commercial property in Rushford. Pickett, ailing with a cough, gave the floor to first year assessor Horihan.

When asked by Mayor T.S. Roberton what the criteria were for valuation, Horihan answered that the new Marshall and Swift computer software for commercial valuation provided a consistency previously not available. He went on to say this was cross-referenced with an income approach for businesses.

According to Horihan the city-owned parking lots caused a problem in fair evaluation. To adjust for that, Horihan valued the actual footprint of the business and then valued any land beyond that at thirty percent. He admitted making an error in the value of the carwash; originally he had valued the entire property, then adjusted with the thirty percent valuation of the land and accidentally added the two values. Since then the owner, Dennie Darr, has been notified of the mistake and the mistake has been corrected.

Horihan informed the council that the 1982 and 1983 TIF properties have been depreciated at a uniform twenty percent. TriCounty Electric warehouse is depreciated at ten percent while its office is at fifteen.

“The biggest stumbling block is the land. Land is selling much higher than what I’ve been assessing it,” stated Horihan.

Mayor Roberton questioned the valuation of the property based on income. “My bank (building) wouldn’t sell for what it’s assessed at. Are you valuing the land or the business?” Roberton also asked if marketability was taken into account, asking if a house costing $350,000 would be valued at that even if it were unlikely that it would sell for that amount. Horihan responded that it would be valued at a rate per square foot with a higher quality construction having a higher rate. Horihan also noted that rental properties are always adjusted for occupancy with a lower valuation for partially empty buildings.

IGA owner Jim Hoiness asked if any other cities valuations went up as Rushford’s did. Preston, up twenty-five percent, and Chatfield, up fifteen to sixteen percent, were given as examples of like increases. Hoiness commented that such increases in those cities’ downtown areas would not be as drastic since the pr .....
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Commissioners’ Report: Full-time position will save county money

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

“We had planned to contract with our consultant for help with moving all the network equipment and computer systems at the end of February. However, with the expertise of our new Assistant, we feel we can save over $500 in consultant costs in just on ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Daniel Lee Ramaker, 23, of Wykoff, was charged with one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and driving after revocation, a gross misdemeanor. According to the criminal complain, it is alleged that Ramaker t ..... 
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2004 session will be a mix of bonding and legislative issues

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Rep. Greg Davids met with Journal Editor John Torgrimson about the upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session that will begin Monday, February 2. The session, which is expected to last until around Easter, will focus primarily on bonding p ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Science department goals and curriculum reviewed

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Like many rural, smaller schools, the Fillmore Central science department has had to tackle the problems of upgrading the program to meet new state standards, and to become a solid stepping-stone for those students who will be attending college. [Read the Rest]

Twins talk baseball and more

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Twins brought their 44th annual Winter Caravan to Preston on Tuesday with a stop at the Fillmore Central Middle School.

The group was led by broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven and included Twin’s coach Al Ne ..... 
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Lights, camera, action!

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

It’s been six years since an enterprising group of Spring Valley volunteers put their heads together to create KING 11, Spring Valley’s cable access television station. KING 11, is named after Kingsland School, where the TV studio is located. Eleven ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Electric revenue bond sale approved

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
Posted in Features

Bids for public utility bonds for the city of Lanesboro were opened the morning of January 20th; that evening the council at their regular meeting awarded the bond sale to Dougherty and Company, LLC with a low bid of 4.246 percent interest. The bond ..... 
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The repercussions of meth

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles in a series dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County.

The Minnesota Department of Health ( ..... 
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