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Commissioners hear property tax complaints


Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

County coordinator Karen Brown reviewed 2011 county operations and plans for 2012 along with the proposed county budget and levy at an evening public hearing on December 13. Counties and cities are required to have a public hearing, truth in taxation. It was noted that the state does not have such a requirement for itself.

Brown explained the county reduced its staff in 2011, becoming more efficient. The board has chosen to seek grants as much as possible to meet the narrowband mandate for 2013, rather than levying to obtain needed equipment. This has saved county dollars. Road construction has been put on a three-year rotation.

A survey for 2011 performance measures had citizens rating the county as generally safe, road conditions as fair (limited funding), good solid waste management and recycling, veteran services as excellent, and county parks as good.

A Public Health report had the county ranked in the upper 20 percent in most areas except for health factors where it is ranked 49 out of 85. Poor health behaviors or factors in the county include obesity, excessive smoking, risky binge drinking especially among young people, no hospital, and the level of poverty. The Minnesota Department of Human Services shows temporary assistance for needy families increased to an annual rate of 54.8 percent in 2011 from 36.6 percent in 2010.

2012

The county plans to continue in 2012 to provide more efficient and effective government. To improve efficiency the county is considering if it would be beneficial to share with another county a Community Services Director. Efforts will continue for a Fillmore County Veterans' Cemetery. The county will continue necessary steps to be in compliance with the 2013 narrowband mandate.

County expenditures will be reduced by 7.2 percent from 2011. The 2012 levy will be reduced by using $301,000 fund balance. Human resources costs increased less than one percent. The county now has seven appointed department heads, down from 10 in 2010. There are three division leaders under the umbrella of Community Services.

Fillmore County expenditures for 2012 are to be slightly under 2006 levels. Intergovernmental revenues from the state of Minnesota and the federal government are down for 2012 by 19 percent or -$2,149,040. The total revenue from all sources to the county for 2012 is $21,338,888, down from $23,001,417 in 2011 or about -7 percent.

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Government this week

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, December 19, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, December 19, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, December 19, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.
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Harmony City Council discusses property taxes

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

It was a full house for the Harmony City Council meeting on December 13, as they held a Truth in Taxation hearing to discuss property values and taxes, as well as some changes from the legislature.

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County receives MCIT Award

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

A new plaque recently awarded to Fillmore County was on display at the board's December 13 meeting. On December 5 during the Minnesota Counties Intergoverment Trust (MCIT) annual membership meeting, the county was awarded the distinguished MCIT "Cou ..... 
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Rushford deals with state shift

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

In an attempt to balance the state budget, and see $261 million saving, the Minnesota legislature has restructured the Homestead Market Value leaving many cities bearing the brunt of upset citizens facing higher taxes.

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Spring Valley certifies tax levy

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

Approval was given by the City Council to hire the auditing firm of Smith Schafer and Associates, Ltd of Minneapolis to conduct the cities auditing operations for 2012. The total cost will be $15,500, which is an increase of $400 from last year. The ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves liquor licenses

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

Lanesboro City Council Members had a very busy evening on Monday, December 5, 2011. Three council meetings took place that evening: The regular monthly meeting, the Truth in Taxation Hearing, and a joint meeting of the city council and public utilit ..... 
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Preston details 2012 budget/levy

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman summarized the details of the 2012 budget/levy at the council's December 6 meeting. This time for public comment required by state law before the final budget and levy is adopted was unattended by the public. The final ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Dec. 12, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 12, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 12, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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