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Six in the running for Rushford's City Council seats


Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

While we often hear from candidates regarding their views and goals, it is unusual for the public to be granted a forum to question the candidates. Taking this position, the six Rushford City Council candidates were recently asked a series of questions that were created by polling the residents of Rushford. The questions were ranked by frequency and presented to each candidate in one-on-one interviews.

Nancy Benson and Ted Roberton are both running for one two-year term on the council. Vern Bunke, Roger Colbenson, Mark Honsey, and Jim Wolter are vying for two, four-year terms.

Question #1:

There has been talk about the tax base expanding, therefore easing the taxation to the community. Still some property owners are struggling in this economic downturn, with job loss, second mortgages, and more. Senator Erickson-Ropes even commented recently that the full effect of the recession won't be seen in Minnesota for another two years. What's your response to resident and property owners' feeling that this is not the time to spend money?

• Benson - "It depends on what you spent money on. If it's to improve the city, that's important. Frivolous ideas are certainly not. I believe things will get better and a part of doing that is to increase the tax base."

• Roberton - "I absolutely agree. There's some things underway and spending over half a million dollars for the Himlie property is foolish."

• Bunke - "That's a multiple point question. As far as timing, I'm sympathetic to the homeowners within the city because I understand the economic loss that they've suffered and how that's translated into second mortgages. In some ways, the economic downturn has been harder on Rushford than the flood. But, we have an opportunity to go out and attract new businesses and we have to get off our hands and start actively attracting industry. When we have those businesses, it will ease the burden. Until we get that back, the tax burden is going to fall on homeowners."

• Colbenson - "That's absolutely right. The city is out of control on spending and we need to bring it under control. Taxes are out of hand. While every other city is cutting back, we're laying the burden on our tax payers."

• Honsey - "We need to keep our options open for growth and proceed only if it's a sound investment. We need to ensure a proven track record."

• Wolter - "Downturned economies are when you look at costs .....
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Chatfield takes a step forward for Potter

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the October 12 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the councilors unanimously adopted the resolution drafted by the Potter Steering Committee. Items in the resolution were detailed and discussed at an informational joint meeting on September 28 ..... 
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Preston extends until 2050 with SMMPA

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Public Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met jointly early on October 13, to hear City Attorney Dwight Luhmann's opinion on his review of the current contract offered by the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held their meeting Monday night and timewise it was probably one of the shortest meetings ever held, barely 12 minutes.

The main item on the agenda was giving permission for three city representatives to trave ..... 
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Federal Energy Tax Credit Q & A

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Question: Which products are eligible for a tax credits for energy efficient home improvements? Are they available for new construction also? What about vacation homes? Rental properties?

Answer: Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost ..... 
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Easy Ways to Save Water and Money

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Perhaps no issues are more hot button these days than the environment and the economy. The general feeling is that both need to be saved, but there are differing views as to how to go about doing so.

One of the ways that can help save the en ..... 
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County passes opportunity for stimulus funds to municipalities

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, described the pros and cons of the Federal Recovery Zone Bonds to the county board at their October 13 meeting. Fillmore County was one of 55 Minnesota counties to receive an allocation. The county was allocated ..... 
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Board requests details on recovery zone bond allocations

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Cris Gastner, Economic Development Authority (EDA), talked over with the Fillmore County Board the possibilities and limitations of the Recovery Zone Bonds allocated for Fillmore County at the board's October 6 meeting. The bonds are a possible fina ..... 
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National Trout Learning Center in Preston?

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), told the city council at their October 6 meeting that the idea of developing a Trout Learning Center in Preston is in an early discussion stage. The next step is to put together a steering ..... 
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