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Letter about R-P referendum...


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

To the Editor,

After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Dayton signed a bill that provides additional debt equalization funding to school districts that suffered from a natural disaster. Our current tax base allows the state to pay 55% (estimated to be $20.9 million) of the total cost of a new R-P school building constructed outside of a floodplain. The state will NOT provide this additional funding towards remodeling our current facilities.

•$20,990,750 state funding available for new facility outside the flood plain

•$17,174,250 community funding (R-P School District)

•The above combined totals $38,165,000 for Early Childhood- 12th Grade Building

If you would like additional information about the funding formula, please call: Tom Melcher - Minnesota Department of Education, School Finance - (651)582-8828.

Unlike most state appropriations, debt service equalization aid is NOT appropriated on a two-year basis. It is an “open and standing” appropriation that is appropriated automatically and does not rely on legislative action to be available. However, the legislation does require the community to vote to fund a new building.

In plain language: the 55% ($20,990,750) will be available when the bond levy referendum to build a $38,165,000 school building passes. The state will pay 55% of the principal and interest over the 20-year loan. The state funds do not expire.

Legislators from all over the state recognized our need and gave us this gift. Citizens of Minnesota - including all R-P district taxpayers - help fund projects every year, like the Gophers stadium, the Vikings stadium, and Twin Cities light rail transit. Let’s accept the gift from our fellow citizens and build the school our children deserve.

Janelle Ansell

R-P Vote Yes Committee
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanlan’s handpicked people on the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2014

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2014 the week of September 22-27. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 23rd at 2:30 pm in the High School gy ..... 
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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Peterson’s County 25 hearing draws full house

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 assessment policy adopted in April and estimated assessments have gone out to property owners. Expected is a full reconstruction on the county state aid highway, including curb, gutter, catch basins, and sidewalks, as well as the water ..... 
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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code editio ..... 
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