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County asks governor to suspend Green Acre Law changes


Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - The Fillmore County Board at their regular meeting on September 23 passed a resolution asking Governor Pawlenty to "suspend the implementation of changes to the Green Acres law that were implemented in Chapter 366 of the 2008 session." The request will be sent to the governor and legislators.

"Green Acres" or the Agricultural Property Tax Law is a tax deferment. The law allows bare farmland to be valued for tax purposes on its agricultural value rather than a highest use value.

With this law if the land is transferred or sold and used for other than agricultural purposes, the green acre deferment is ended and the taxes are calculated on the non agricultural valuation of the land for the past three years. The law was changed in the 2008 Legislative Session with the passage of Chapter 366 which was an act "relating to the financing and operation of state and local government."

Chairman Randy Dahl asked for the discussion to be added to the day's agenda. Other counties are requesting the new changes to the law be suspended. He explained that the new law has some unintended consequences. The changes will "affect property taxes for farmers and land owners" in the county.

Commissioner Duane Bakke explained that the green acre law in Fillmore County has been used as a land preservation program largely with non tillable land. In other counties the green acre law has been used to allow farmers to keep developable property, often tillable land, and to be taxed at its agriculture value rather than its significantly higher value for development.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud added that we need to know the intent before January 1 as it will affect 2009 taxes and could put a burden on some people. Dahl explained that the changes would cause the taxes to be reapportioned among tax payers and would not affect the total amount of the levy.

Amendments to Personnel Policy

Ashley Stinson, Human Resources, asked the board to consider three amendments to the personnel policy. The first was added compensation for employees working "out of class" for more than 30 days. This would be for an employee doing work above their pay grade while another employee is out for medical or other reasons for over 30 days. Duane Bakke suggested that the amendment was going to cause problems and felt it wasn't workable. Commissioner Marc Prestby argued that in the private market, other employees just chip in to get the job done when .....
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Lanesboro increases levy by 3 percent

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - The Lanesboro City Council passed a resolution for the 2009 budget and tax levy at their regular meeting on September 15. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman presented the council with a copy of the proposed 2009 budget, with the changes ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discuss plans for Tracey Road

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

The proposed improvements on west Tracey Road drew some interested property owners at the September 8 Spring Valley City council meeting, who wanted more information on what the City's plan was going to be to put utilities down the center of the roa ..... 
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Rushford council fails to endorse proposals

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - The Rushford city council said a quiet "no thanks" to two sizable proposals on their agenda last Monday night by declining to second the motions made to endorse the projects.

City Administrator Windy Block carefully presented a pl ..... 
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Sentence To Serve amended

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the county board with some good news at their September 9 meeting. The Sentence To Serve (STS) program, praised by Jensen as the first successful program to help people work off fines and time while providing a valuabl ..... 
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Harmony sets levy at $612,942

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council passed a resolution for the tax levy for the preliminary 2009 budget. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with the proposed budget and highlighted the changes from the 2008 budget. The total tax capacity lev ..... 
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Lanesboro council works on 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working on the budget for 2009. She presented the council with some of her suggested cuts, as well as a comparison with the 2008 budget at the September 2 meeting.

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Preston adopts preliminary 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman detailed nearly $21,000 in further budget reductions for 2009 at the council's September 3 meeting. Half of those cuts came from $11,000 less of an increase in health insurance premiums than expected. The total expecte ..... 
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County working to reduce 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown detailed the proposed 2009 budget to the Fillmore County Board at their September 2 meeting. Duane Bakke was absent. She explained that overall there will not be an increase in health insurance costs.

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