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Letter about R-P Referendum


Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I attended the RP referendum meeting, took the tour of the facilities and listened intently to presenters, numerous questions and answers. I learned new facts and gained greater understanding of what assumptions were used in developing the plan. As the meeting progressed, it became clear to me that the plan is simply untenable and unaffordable in its current form.

The proposed K-5 school is a beautiful, state of the art learning facility but costs more than the community can afford. I appreciate all of the hard work the superintendent, board, and the community representatives have spent to develop and present the current proposal they feel is in the best interest of the district and sellable to the community. It is obvious to me that the current staged proposal is untenable. The district will continue to utilize the building that is most troublesome and costly to maintain thus almost guaranteeing that the other phase would have to be approved. That puts the real price tag at $40 plus million assuming $30 million in principle and $10-12 million in interest. That price tag conservatively doubles property tax on average.

I propose the board postpone the Dec 19 vote and develop an alternative proposal that builds all phases at the same time but with a $15 million price tag. That means we give up “luxury” items and build a much smaller facility that will have more shared facilities, larger number of students per classroom and simple but efficient infrastructure. This would be in line with the reality of shrinking student population over the next 20-40 years with a price tag the community is more likely to afford. This plan could be a viable alternative to keeping and repairing current facilities.

Mike Machutt

Rushford, MN

Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, When I mentioned to a proponent that increased taxes for a new school are problematic for people on a fixed income, she said, “There are a lot of old people with money here. They are just greedy.” The 2007 flood was absolutel ..... 
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Letter about R-P Referendum

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I am writing with regard to the direction of the Rushford and Peterson School District. It appears that the district is in need of some improvements to the buildings in Rushford and Peterson. From what I understand there have been su ..... 
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Letter about county commissioners

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I write to commend the elected officials of Fillmore County, MN. Of particular note are the County officials who have carefully guided the drafting of two new local mining ordinances. One ordinance governs traditional sand and aggre ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, I think everyone in Rushford would love to have a new school. The thing that concerns me is the cost to the tax payers. $15,000,000 is not something to deal with lightly. I know that the interest rates ar ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, This letter is in response to the commentary featured prominently in The Journal on November 26, written by Brett Kues, about the school referendum. I have never heard of Mr. Kues, even though I’m also ..... 
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Letter about frac mining

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

Letter about frac mining To the Editor, To the handful of big land owners and county officials who will win the frac sand lottery, congratulations. Many more residents of Fillmore County fear the risks frac sand mining poses to our property values ..... 
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Letter about closing the middle school

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

Letter about closing the middle school To the Editor, My name is Maynard Thompson. When the Rushford-Peterson middle school was started in 1990, I had been working on a middle level teaching degree. There is a degree for middle level instruction. ..... 
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Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about ...Rushford-Peterson Referendum To the Editor, We are writing to inform people about the upcoming referendum for Rushford-Peterson residents on Wednesday, December 19 from 11–8 pm in the Rushford-Peterson High School lobby. The requ ..... 
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