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Fillmore Central looks at referendum options


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

Patty Heminover from Springsted attended the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on May 27 to discuss possibilities for renewing a referendum.

She went over statistics showing different schools in Minnesota that have attempted to renew a referendum, and in 2013, 97 percent of them passed. If Fillmore Central goes to the voters looking for a renewal, she said, the chances of it passing are very good.

Heminover explained the district has two referendums right now, one which will expire in 2016. This referendum is for $592.15 per pupil unit. She suggested the board decide if they would like to renew that referendum, and if they would like to do it this year or next. She recommended doing it a year early in case something were to happen to the economy or there was a major drought or disaster in the country. The first year, the district can tell voters there will be no tax impact. If it doesn’t pass the first year, there will be a tax impact the second year.

Heminover explained the three options for renewing the referendum. The first option is to go to the voters and request a renewal for the entire $592.15. If approved, the referendum would renew for another 10 years. The second option is for the board to approve a referendum of $300. State legislature allows for school boards to approve up to $300 per pupil unit without an election. If this option is chosen, the district will receive a little less money than with the current referendum.

Option three is for the board to approve the $300, then ask the voters for the remaining $292.15. Heminover explained when a board passes a referendum, it only lasts five years as opposed to the normal 10 years. The third option would give the board more flexibility in the future, as they can change the amount in five years to suit the district’s needs.

Heminover also explained the Local Optional Revenue, which allows districts a certain amount of equity revenue depending on how much they receive per pupil unit. This amount is then reduced from the referendum. What this means is that tax payers will actually see a decrease in their property taxes. Heminover said it’s a good idea to go to the ballot with the referendum.

She stressed the last day to have the referendum put on the ballot is August 22, and she strongly suggests making the decision earlier than that.

Heminover said there are not a lot of other things on t .....
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Blue Valley Holstein to host Dairy Night on the Farm

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

The owners of Blue Valley Holstein are celebrating June as Dairy Month and inviting everyone to join their party. Bruce and Tracy Wingert and family will be hosting the event at their farm on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. with muc ..... 
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A comedic twist in Fountain

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Arts & Culture

Don’t let me put words in your mouth, but no one will want to miss the comic ventriloquist coming to Fountain, Minn. for the 2014 Trail Days celebration. James Wedgwood will be performing Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m. in the city park and everyone ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Levi Arlyn Johnson

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Social Scenes

Big brother Sawyer welcomes home baby brother, Levi Arlyn Johnson. Parents are Michael and Margaret Johnson of Fountain, Minn. Levi was born April 23, 2014. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz.

The Working Mom - Boys Will Be Boys

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Columnists

When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how man ..... 
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Fountain City Council hears recommendations for WWTP

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. instead of the normal 7:30 p.m. in order to accommodate guests whom they hoped had answers the council has been looking for in relation to problems with the wastewater treatment plant. Al ..... 
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Cities of Fountain and Ostrander announce addition of four AEDs

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Health & Wellness

The City of Fountain and Ostrander, in partnership with Fillmore County AED Collaborative, is pleased to announce the addition of four Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to our area. This addition will allow our communities to have life-saving c ..... 
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Fillmore Central to upgrade parking lots

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The parking lots at both the high school in Harmony and the elementary school in Preston will soon be completely renovated. During the school board meeting on April 22, board member Craig Britton showed the board a diagram of the Preston site with th ..... 
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Birth Announcement: Cohen Joshua Vold

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Social Scenes

Nick and Jennah Vold, along with big brother Landon, of Fountain, Minn., are proud to announce the arrival of their baby boy, Cohen Joshua. Cohen was born Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Methodist Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs., 6 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches ..... 
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