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Total estimated market value in Preston up nearly 10 percent


Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County appraiser Heidi Knepper briefed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting on assessed property value changes in Preston and the county. No one from the public was in attendance for the 2015 Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, so there were no questions or challenges to assessed property values.

Knepper pointed to one new rule to maintain assessment uniformity, a measurement “between low and high value properties to determine equitability.” With this rule some higher value properties were discovered to be under appraised and some lower value properties were discovered to be over appraised. Some newer, larger homes may see an increase in the square foot rate. Values on under appraised properties increased 10 percent and values on lower valued properties decreased 10 percent.

Preston’s total estimated market value for all property within the city (except exempt and public utility) is $70,428,500. This is up 9.79 percent from the 2014 assessment total which is one of the largest increases in the county. The increase of total market value county wide is 0.16 percent and for all cities is 1.75 percent.

Knepper explained that Preston was reassessed last year. The total value of new construction is $2,037,400 which includes actual new construction and some value that had not been picked up previous to last year’s assessment. About $740,000 of the new construction value is residential and nearly $1.3 million is commercial. Large commercial projects include new construction by Preston Dairy and Farm and Bluff Country Manufacturing.

Ag land values (A tillable) stayed steady for two years in a row at $7,400 per acre, first time since 2001 when it was valued at $1,700 per acre. B and C soils decreased by $100 per acre and recreational land decreased by $300 per acre. Pasture, woods, and waste land increased by $100 per acre.

Other business in brief

•Ambulance director Ryan Throckmorton reported that the ambulance service had two AEDs that were not in use since they purchased two 12-lead cardiac monitors with integrated defibrillators. When they purchased the cardiac monitors they were offered $250 for each AED as a trade allowance. Throckmorton recommended keeping the AEDs within the community offering them for sale to local businesses for $500 each. Both F & M Bank and Preston Golf & Country Club have expressed interest in purchasing an AED. He e .....
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Wykoff city clerk office security concerns

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

A special meeting of the Wykoff City Council was held on April 22, attended by all members (Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, Megan Lund, Brody Mensink, and City Clerk Cheryl Davis). The only agenda items were security of the city cle ..... 
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Rushford Village to keep at pavement management plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The city of Rushford Village has received a 2015 Recommended Pavement Management memo from Bolton & Menk Engineer Brian Malm. An effort to continue strides taken on maintenance of the city’s paved roadways has been underway for some time. In Jul ..... 
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Government this week - 4.27.15

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, April 27, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, April 27, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, April 27, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, April 28, Fillmore Count ..... 
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Chatfield supports downtown improvements

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chris Geisen, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, described guidelines for a historic downtown improvement program at the Chatfield City Council’s April 13 meeting. This EDA program is designed to restore building facades in the downtown B ..... 
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Spring Valley contracts for EMS training

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On April 13, the Spring Valley City Council met for annual Board of Review at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting. Members present were Tony Archer, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and Administrator Deb Zimmer. The ..... 
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Wykoff wastewater Plan of Correction underway

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

On April 13, a regular meeting was held for the Wykoff City Council. Members present were: Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, City Clerk Cheryl Davis, Megan Lund, and Brody Mensink. The council approved prior minutes and Accounts Pay ..... 
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Sexual assault prevention efforts discussed

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the Fillmore County April 14 board meeting, commissioners heard from Program Manager Curt Petzel and Director Travis Gransee of Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted (DFO) Community Corrections. Their presentation was followed by a review of DFO prevention prog ..... 
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Zoning ordinance changes, rental policies highlight Whalan April meeting

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Upcoming summer events, proposed changes to local zoning ordinances, and Town Hall rental policies were all up for discussion at the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, April 13. The full council was in attendance, led by Mayor Larry Johnson. A ..... 
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