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County Board discusses disaster credits for homestead property


Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Assessor Robert Pickett explained the current law regarding disaster credits on 2008 payable taxes for homesteaded property owners at the board's September 11 meeting. The Minnesota Statute 273.123 Reassessment of Homestead Property Damaged by Disaster spells out the options and the calculations to determine the amount of credit due a property owner. Pickett hoped that the special session of the state legislature would address and clarify funds available from the state for reimbursing local taxing districts for disaster credits.

Pickett quoted a flood data summary for the city of Rushford. Of the 645 total residential properties in Rushford, 356 were damaged or destroyed at an estimated value loss of $16,038,287. Of the 79 commercial properties, 66 were damaged or destroyed at an estimated value loss of $6,822,435. The total value loss would be $22,860,722. This figure represents the structures and real estate only and does not include any home contents or business contents or inventories.

Pickett noted that the reduction of tax is "based on the number of months the property was not used during the course of the year." "The county board may grant a reduction in the amount of the tax the owner must pay on the qualifying property in the year of the destruction and the following year."

Commissioner Randy Dahl added that people will need to apply for the credit. Pickett expects to send letters out notifying property owners plus putting out notices in the newspaper. Estimated Market Values after the loss will be calculated by formula.

Emergency Management

Emergency Management/Veterans Director Deborah Teske asked the board to consider amending an agreement with Gary Peterson to fill in for her for a forty hour week while she attends two conferences for additional training. The one seminar is on long-term recovery and she feels it would help over time dealing with the current flood disaster. Peterson is currently under contract with the county to help with a limited project in this department.

Commissioner Duane Bakke didn't question the need for someone to fill in for Teske in the office and at meetings, but did question the compensation requested by Peterson. The agreement was for $25 per hour and Bakke thought the wage set a bad precedent, didn't follow county policy and was excessive.

County Coordinator Karen Brown insisted that these are not normal times and that the wage stands alone .....
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Rushford Council looks at flood money distribution

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - At a special meeting Thursday, September 13, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with SEMCAC to be the lead grant administrator on a Small Cities Development Program application for $1.4 million, with Pe ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preliminary levy increase set at 5.32%

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed council members at their September 10 meeting that he had successfully trimmed the 2008 preliminary budget. At the last meeting on August 27, he was tasked with finding a way to trim the increase by $23,000 an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Jacobson Addition assessments approved

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Many residents of the newly-completed Jacobson Addition in Harmony were present at the city council meeting September 11 to find out how the cost of the improvements would be assessed. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council w ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council sets preliminary 2008 levy

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council set the preliminary levy for the coming year at the September 10 meeting. It will increase 5% over this year. The final version will most likely decrease that amount to 2 to 3% after cuts in various dep ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Flood impacts on county budget

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown updated the board on the county's preliminary budget for 2008 at the September 4 meeting. She explained that the proposed budget has been whittled down by over $195,000 with savings found in several departmen ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Water issues dominate council meeting

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

Water was the theme of the evening as several Lanesboro residents turned out for the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, September 4. The discussion was regarding some serious, ongoing water run-off problems in town. Kelly Jean Ohl had written ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council takes action on Water Treatment Plant

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council has held emergency meetings daily since the Rush Creek flood 2-weeks ago. In it's first regular session since flooding devastated the town, Mayor Les Ladewig and Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry ..... 
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Spring Valley goes after junk violations

Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Junk Ordinance violations, again an issue of controversy at the August 27 Spring Valley City Council meeting, were given a second public hearing. Fillmore County Deputy Kevin Beck reviewed updated photos of the properties from two we ..... 
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