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Spring Valley residents discuss property taxes


Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

What's my property worth? The Board of Appeals and Equalization is an annual event in City and County Government to give property owners an opportunity to ask questions concerning their tax statements. At the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday, Aprl 14, County Assessor Cindy Blagsvedt was on hand to reply to a small group of citizens.

The questions mainly centered on increases in Property Valuation and how these levels are reached and explained. Blagsvedt told the audience that property valuations are based on a median of all sales in Spring Valley City. These numbers are adjusted each year in reflection of these sales. The numbers currently being examined are on sales from October 2006 to September 2007. Questions came up regarding the sagging home sales not only in Spring Valley but all over. The Assessor said that next year they will be looking at sales of property that perhaps is lower than the estimated market value and these figures may need to be adjusted lower. However, she cautioned that just because your market value might be lowered, your taxes will, in all probability remain the same to meet expenses in the budgets.

One piece of property was lowered, that being property owned by Terry Fetterly in the old Legion building. A recent appraisal by Fetterly placed the market value at $55,000.00 and the City had it listed at $90,000. The Council agreed that the level was excessive and lowered it back to $55,000.00. Others were referred to the County Board of Appeals and Equalization in May.

Scout Troop Proves

Recycling Pays

A member of the Green Team of Waste Management presented a check to Boy Scout Troop 55 of Spring Valley. The Scouts were honored for their work in collecting and recycling aluminum. Members were able to collect 620 pounds of aluminum which made a nice check of $465.00. A spokesman for the group, Tony Betts said that "this will allow our Scout Troop to get back into the black". He said it will help preserve the Boy Scout Troop and enable them to take more trips and assist at events. The Mayor congratulated everyone and said the City is proud of these young men.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Council approved a Resolution Supporting the County Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City. Fillmore County is currently developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan that will satisfy the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and other regulations. The plan will identify, analyze a .....
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Lanesboro council holds Board of Equalization hearing

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

A few residents of Lanesboro came before the council at their regular meeting on April 14 to voice some concerns during the Board of Equalization Public Hearing. Ron Vikre of the County Assessor's office was present to answer questions about propert ..... 
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County Board debates flood plain restrictions

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig came prepared with copies of the current ordinance on flood plains at the April 8 meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Confusion as to what is allowed to be built in a flood plain was the issue. Craig ex ..... 
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Preston Council looks at 2008 street projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Bill Cox, Public Works, presented maps and descriptions of three suggested projects to Preston City council members at their April 7 meeting. Work in the downtown area could be wrapped up with a mill and overlay of portions of St. Anthony and Mill S ..... 
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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 qu ..... 
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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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