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Rushford waits on levy certification; sees changes to EDA Micro-Loans


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford is proposing a 6.7% increase in the levy. This equates to $790,000. The city levy has remained unchanged, at $740,000 since 2011. This is broken down to a 7.7% increase in debt service and a reduction of 1.01% in operating expenses. The city noted the increase does not necessarily translate to an increase in individual property taxes.

At the December 15 council meeting, several informational handouts from staff were on hand to aid the decision of certifying final levy. Included was history of tax rates and city revenue sources, a comparison of Rushford’s levy to other municipalities within the county, capacity for ability to levy taxes, and Local Government Aid. The city is in the bottom quarter of lowest levy within the county, but the high end of Local Government Aid, based on a formula that considers capacity to tax and services provided. An additional comparison of four types of local taxpayers revealed a cost estimate of $1.50-2.50 per day for services provided.

No public comment was made regarding the proposed increase. The final levy will be certified at the December 28 council meeting.

The council did approve a recommendation of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) regarding revisions to the Micro-Loan Policy. In short, upon reviewing projects, the policy would add language that expands the use of funds, while still maintaining consistency with other EDA policies. The intent of the change is to provide for a loan that is beneath revolving loan funds with an immediate return on investment through retention, expansion, or other means. “There’s a gap in our tool boxes,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

Loans are limited to no more than $15,000 with interest payable over five years. No payments are required within the first year, but loans are approved partially based upon early ability to pay.

Additionally, the council approved striking language in the Micro-Grant policy. That program has seen a 3:1 return with over $10,000 granted which provided over a $30,000 effect in the local economy. “We’re very pleased with its success,” added Sarvi. “We’d like to try to get the loans more active.”

The motion to approve passed in a 3:1 vote with Mayor Chris Hallum and councilors Mark Honsey and Roger Colbenson for, while councilor Vern Bunke was opposed.

The council also approved to EDA requests. First, a flood loan request fr .....
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Rushford approves assessments; discusses library fund cuts

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner There were more than a dozen interested community members at the Monday, November 23 Rushford Council meeting as the council discussed several items impacting many. First on agenda business was a public hearing to receive comme ..... 
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Rushford sets public hearing for assessments

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A public hearing for assessments related to the 2014 Municipal Improvement Project, Highway 43/Mill Street Street Improvement Project, has been set for Monday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m., at city hall. Persons owning property affected by the improvem ..... 
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Rushford council will see new faces

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Changes to the Rushford City Council are on the horizon. While not yet canvassed and accepted by the city, results from November 3 voting indicate Incumbent Roger Colbenson has lost his council seat following a write-in campaign that appointed two n ..... 
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Rushford council discusses engineering changes, school permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

In a surprisingly brief Monday, October 26 meeting, the Rushford council swiftly detailed a public works purchase, a change to banking services, street work, engineering changes, and local discussions over school site permitting. At the October 13 ..... 
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Rushford approves subdivision ordinance addition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford city council held a public hearing Tuesday, October 13 during its regular council meeting. Public comment was taken regarding an amendment to the subdivision regulations ordinance of the larger zoning ordinance. Only one person, Glen Pa ..... 
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Rushford reviews renewable energy systems ordinance, city hall move

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A public hearing was held September 28 during the regular Rushford City Council meeting in regards to an amendment to the Rushford Zoning Ordinance. The proposed new chapter will address renewable energy systems with the intent to encourage systems ..... 
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Rushford approved R-P site plan; landowner continues to object

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, September 14 Rushford Council meeting had several in attendance, including Rushford-Peterson District Superintendent Chuck Ehler, R-P School Board Chairman John Linder, and Ron Spoden, Landscape Architect with architectural and engineeri ..... 
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural ..... 
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