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Levy confusion cleared up at Lanesboro Schools


Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Several people showed up at the Lanesboro school board meeting on December 18 with concerns about property taxes. Residents of Lanesboro recently learned their property taxes would be increasing due an increase in the levy.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the mistake and confusion that brought about the increase, and reassured them their taxes would not increase, and may even go down a little.

Schools in Minnesota receive funding from the state based on a formula that changes regularly. Revenue also comes from property tax credits and property tax levies, the largest share from voter-approved levies. The assessed value of property determines the taxes that will be paid.

“Minnesota has the most complex school district formula in the country,” said Boggs.

Boggs thought the levy was going to be around $400,000, but instead when it came back, it was at almost $560,000. This increase is why residents saw a jump in their taxes.

A couple of years ago, the state passed a law that a school board could pass an operating referendum of up to $300 per student without going to the voters for approval. They offered to match an additional $300 per student for schools that did this. Lanesboro was going to take advantage of the offer at the time, but then found out it was for schools of more than 2,000 students.

This year, the state offered additional funding for schools that went ahead with the board-approved operating referendum. Lanesboro Schools decided to take extra $400 per student from the state and reduce the levy in other areas so there would be no increase at all, having no effect on taxpayers. They would receive $61,397 from the board-approved $300 per student, and $47,000 in additional funding from the state.

However, this did not turn out as expected. Boggs made phone calls and eventually got help from a financial company to determine the cause of the change. He found out the state funding came with a catch. The schools that do the board-approved referendum do not receive the $43,893 referendum guarantee money, funds that are distributed each year.

“It doesn’t make sense to do it,” said Boggs. “I recommend we zero it out, it’s not a good deal for us.”

According to Boggs, some larger schools have been helped by this, but for Lanesboro it was not a benefit.

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Journal Writing Project: Secret Santa

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

By Alexis Jorgensen Lanesboro is a truly unique community with a very fun atmosphere year round. Many people are aware of Lanesboro’s various town festivities such as Buffalo Bill Days, Rhubarb Fest, and Art in the Park, but the activities that ..... 
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Arlowe Gerald Rexford

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Arlowe Gerald Rexford, 84, of Lanesboro, died peacefully Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Park Lane Estates in Preston. Arlowe was born March 9, 1930 to William and Alice (Johnson) Rexford in Preston. He attended school in Lanesboro and went to wor ..... 
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“For the Birds” will feature Kevin Kling - St. Mane Theatre on Wednesday, Dec 10

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Lanesboro Arts is thrilled to host Kevin Kling in a top-notch production here in Lanesboro on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. The show is called “For the Birds”, featuring Zeitgeist (percussi ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts awarded 2014 Bush Prize for community innovation

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, MN - December 2, 2014 – Lanesboro Arts has won a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation from the Bush Foundation. The prestigious prize was awarded to ten organizations in a three-state region that have demonstrated a strong commitmen ..... 
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Lanesboro school board hears audit report

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the audit report at their meeting on November 20. Ristau found no major financial issues when doing the report, and said the district is still going strong. There were some problems wit ..... 
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“Naughty or Nice” for the holiday Lanesboro Live show on Friday, Dec. 5

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Damon Prestemon has been waiting a long time to entertain audiences with his holiday version of the Lanesboro Live show, “Naughty or Nice”. He is really excited to engage the audience in deciding which version of songs will ..... 
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Valerie Jeanne Olson

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Obituaries

Valerie Jeanne Olson, 69, a longtime member of the Lanesboro community passed away November 11, 2014 at her home in Whalan. Valerie was born August 14, 1945 in Lanesboro to Richard and Mary (Lobland) Aske. She graduated from Lanesboro High School ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Mila Aryn Topness

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Social Scenes

Mila Aryn Topness Mila Aryn was born October 24, 2014 to Aaron and Erin Topness of Lanesboro. Mila weighed 8 lb 3 oz and was 21 1/4 inches long. Grandparents are Betty Ehler, Jim Ehler, and Gene & Vicky Topness.
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