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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner with a property valued at $150,000 is expected to see taxes go down by about $45.

Minnesota has a 40-year history of equalizing property taxes for educating children. Equalization means that for a certain level of dollars to educate a child, taxpayers pay the same percentage of home value statewide up to a certain home value—the equalization factor. In other words, regardless of zip code, children get the same opportunity to learn, and taxpayers pay the same percentage of home value in property taxes.

Chuck Ehler, Superintendent of R-P Schools shares his perspective on this good news, “We are pleased to see our legislators address the inequities in school funding that have evolved our the last few years. It is always exciting to see our legislators respond in a positive manner to requests being made by school administrators and school board members.”

The equalization factor had not changed in the state in over a decade, while voter approved operating referendum dollar amounts had more than doubled. The result was increasing taxpayer inequity. “Poorer valued communities were paying a higher percentage of home value to provide the same dollars per child to educate the children of the community, than wealthier communities,” said Fred Nolan, executive director of MREA, a statewide educational association representing nearly 180 Greater Minnesota school districts.

The 2013 legislature addressed this by equalizing the first $300 of operating referendum revenue per child at $880,000 of Referendum Market Value (RMV) per pupil. That is a 72 percent increase over the previous highest level of equalization factor.

Senator Rod Skoe led the Senate Tax Committee to devote $60 million of state revenue to this effort to equalize the tax effort of homeowners across Minnesota. Much of that tax equalization was spread across rural Minnesota.

“This marked the single largest advance in education funding equity in Minnesota in a decade,” Fred Nolan, MREA Executive Director said. “This will narrow the fifth to 95th gap to its smallest since 2003.”

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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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Marvin Vernon Jonsgaard

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Marvin Vernon Jonsgaard, 83, of Peterson, Minn., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Marvin was born August 30, 1930 to Harry and Agnes (Bailey) Jonsgaard in rural Winona County. He served in army during the Korean War from 1951-1953 and upon his return he ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Peterson approves assessment policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

For some months, the city of Peterson has been pouring over the details of a proposed assessment policy in regards to the 2015 County 25 project. The council had previously discussed setting the cost share at 50 percent city and 50 percent property o ..... 
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Early Childhood Initiative

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Rushford-Peterson Community Education offers many opportunities for early childhood aged children and their families. Our Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes are open to birth-5 year olds. Parents and children attend the themed classes t ..... 
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Peterson stands by detachment decision

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Continuing a discussion that has caused some uncomfortable discourse between the City of Peterson and the City of Rushford Village, Peterson has reaffirmed its January 15 decision to deny a detachment request from residents Alan Lipowitz and Jan Sma ..... 
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Highway 43 project update

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson The Great Outdoors

PETERSON, Minn. - Last November we began a discussion about the Highway 43 reconstruction project through Rushford. At that time we said the project will begin in late April or May. We now know that the earliest the project will begin is late May. ..... 
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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series ..... 
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