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Tschumper addresses county board


Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper started his discussion saying that he had some good news at the April 3 board meeting. He said that the $500,000 needed to forgive Fillmore County's MR-RC (mental retardation and related conditions) Waiver debt has been put into the Health and Human Services Budget. He explained that if the governor doesn't 'line item veto' the funds, the entire debt would be forgiven for the county. Eleven counties originally overspent in their effort to satisfy state mandates. Seven counties have already had their debt forgiven.

Tschumper reviewed the house version of the Transportation Bill. He suggested that the bill is bi-partisan, a give and take effort, that nobody likes it in its entirety. MnDot is coming up short of its goals because of a dollar shortfall of two billion per year. In 2000, 81% of the highways were rated as smooth, that percent fell to 67% in 2005. Governor Pawlenty has stated that he will veto any tax increases. Tschumper complained that the governor hasn't been very forthcoming on what he would offer as an alternative if he vetoes a bill.

The representative noted that the ridership of the metro transit has been better than expected. He explained that transit systems are very expensive to build, but in the long run will be a smart investment.

The Transportation Bill should provide Property Tax relief, as cities and counties have been forced to use local funds for road projects. Tschumper favors a gasoline tax increase as a purer user fee. Those who use the roads pay as they go. Polls show that people want the roads improved, but a large proportion of people don't support a gas tax increase.

Tschumper thanked the board for their support along with about fifty other counties for the Smoking Ban. He noted the strong support by Public Health groups.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked if the sales tax paid by local government units would be repealed. Tschumper said that there is little support for a repeal since it provides substantial revenue for the state. Amunrud insisted that the sales tax doesn't make any sense, causing local governments to use property taxes to raise money to pay the state.

Tschumper said that property tax relief is a major issue. He said that property taxes are a very regressive tax. Property tax relief would help a lot of lower income people. He suggested that there has been a substantial increase in Food Shelf services primarily by senior cit .....
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Church Hill development agreement signed

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - With a development agreement signed at the Lanesboro City Council meeting April 2, developer Dan Anderson can now move ahead with his plans for the old school building. According to the agreement, construction is to begin by December 31, ..... 
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Historical elevator restoration nearly completed

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government



The president of the Historical Society in Preston, Dick Petsch, updated the city council on restoration progress for the old elevator at the April 2 meeting. Council member Jon Haugan was absent.

Petsch proudly reported that the ele ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: 2007 stormwater upgrade project goes to bid

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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City Engineer Bryan Holtz fielded any remaining concerns about the stormwater project at the March 26 Spring Valley City Council meeting. After which the city council unanimously approved a resolution accepting plans and specifications and authorizi ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Highums to donate land in honor of Asmund Vaagen

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
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The Rushford City Council accepted the gift of property on Magelssen Bluff from Glen and Rob Highum at their regular council meeting March 26. Jamie Edwards of the DNR facilitated the donation. Acceptance of the donation is subject to all deeds and ..... 
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Commissioners Report:Township representatives air opinions and questions

Fri, Mar 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A Public Hearing for the Rural Addressing Ordinance Amendment drew several township representatives to the March 27 County Board meeting. Danea Larson, Rural Addressing, read the proposed amendment dealing with which government unit is res ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will broadcast from Lanesboro

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Thanks to Rhubarb Festival Coordinator Nancy Martinson's hard work, Garrison Keillor will broadcast his show, "Prairie Home Companion," from Lanesboro the first weekend in June. Julie Kiehne and David Harrenstein appeared before the Lane ..... 
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Preston 2007 street and utility improvments go forward

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2007
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PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted unanimously to go ahead with the order for plans and specifications for the 2007 street and utility improvements at their March 19 meeting. Because of the tight time frame the council had no choice but to tak ..... 
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Spring Valley raises sewer rates by $2.00

Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Residents will be paying more for sewer service as a result of City Council action on March 12. With three members of the Council at the meeting, it was decided to increase the base rate by $2.00. This will mean that the average resi ..... 
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