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Harmony residents raise questions about property tax assessments


Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Citizens of Harmony came to the City Council meeting on April 8 to discuss their property taxes and the assessments made on their homes recently. Fred Horihan and Cindy Blagsvadt from the Fillmore County Assessor's Office were there to answer any questions and to give the council a summary of homes sold in town in the last year.

According to Horihan, twelve homes had been sold in Harmony over the last year. They did a "mass assessment" of homes in Harmony based on sales. Horihan explained that the aim was not to hit every house for exactly what it's worth, but to get them so they are proportional to other houses of a similar size in town.

There were a few people at the meeting asking about why the values on their homes had gone up, as well as their property taxes. Heidi Bigalk was concerned that her home had been valued at over $100,000, but other houses on her street have been unable to be sold for less than that.

"We can't go by that," said Horihan. "We can only go by sales."

He said that she should look into what other homes the same size are appraised at or selling for. He also said that their numbers are about a year behind, so if the market goes down this year, it will reflect on next year's statements.

Lynn Arnold, who owns the Big Woods Graphics building on Main Street, was also at the meeting. His major question was whether other buildings on the street had the same fluctuation in value as his. He said his taxes have gone up from $800 a year to over $2,000 a year. The value of the building has gone from $20,000 when he purchased it to over $100,000, then back down again.

"Nobody can stay in business like that," he stated.

Horihan also explained that property taxes are not based solely on the value of the home. The amount is also affected by the levy the city asks for each year from the state. Horihan and Blagsvadt said they were willing to look into anyone's concerns or questions at any time.

Community Center and

Parking Lot

The Council had Craig Skott from Skott and Anderson Architects show the plans his company had drawn up for the remodeling needed at the Community Center. Skott explained that they would be replacing the walls in the exterior rooms and installing two windows, installing two heating and AC units, and replacing two exterior doors. The goal is to cut the boiler out and go with the electric units to heat and cool the rooms. He also mentioned the pl .....
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Lanesboro Council discusses capital improvement projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro City Council members got together for a special meeting on April 7 to discuss the capital improvement projects and financing. They were also able to hear about some new options and lower costs from Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates ..... 
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SV City Council holds special session on flood buyout

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in Special Session on Wednesday night (April 9, 2008) to take action on three items regarding buy out of property in the Flood Plain.

Flood Damage Buyout by City

Lucille Daggett had approached the Ci ..... 
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Design Team to help Rushford plan

Fri, Apr 4th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Susan Hart, co-chair of the Rushford Steering Committee, addressed the County Board at their April 1 meeting. Hart asked commissioners to come to Rushford during the visit of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) from April 24 through the 26 to ..... 
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County looks at tax abatement for Chatfield

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board listened to the public and representatives from Chatfield encouraging the county to approve the tax abatement plan for the Hilltop Estates Development at their March 25 meeting. Commissioners Stafford Hansen and M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that ..... 
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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment pl ..... 
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Results of Rushford housing study unveiled

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The results of the long-awaited housing study conducted by Maxfield Research, commissioned by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, were unveiled last Thursday at Stumpy's.

Numerous sources of funding and grants are dependent upon this study b ..... 
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Planning Commission approves wind turbine CUP

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission, at their Thursday, March 27 meeting, approved a conditional use permit for Renee Haugerud to install two wind turbines near the new home she is building in Carimona Township. The matter will now go ..... 
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