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Rushford Council approves 2016 levy and land sale


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

At the last meeting of 2015, a snowy January 28, the Rushford Council approved setting the final budget and property tax levy, taxes payable year 2016, at $790,000. After months of discussion on options for expense reductions and long-term strategic needs of the city, the council approved the $50,000 increase over the 2015 levy. City staff and the council looked at the possibility of reducing the levy to $740,000, the amount it’s been since 2011, by cutting the budget for Street Improvement. However, City Administrator Steve Sarvi cautioned that this could impact the city’s flexibility with projects and their funding opportunities. Setting the levy at $790,000 represents a 6.7% increase in the levy. Broken down, this is a 7.7% increase in debt service, but a reduction of 1.01% in operating expenses.

“I understand where we’ve been and I understand and give credit to the departments for their all of their efforts to trim costs and come up with creative solutions. I think that the council, following the recommendation of staff, has fully funded the departments, so all the departments are up and ready to go,” said councilor Vern Bunke. “I believe there are some opportunities still to shave some expenses. These are things worth noting, considering, when talking about our final levy and what we expect the citizens of Rushford to cough up and help us run the city.”

“We have gone forward and kept it flat for a long time, but at some point reality kicks in,” added Mayor Chris Hallum. “We need to rip off the Band-Aid or we can just keep things artificially low. This increase was coming.”

“There’s an opportunity and we would be remiss if we did not take it up. I know it’s easy to walk away. It’s easy to just say, ‘Let’s just get this done. Let’s do it at $790,000. Who cares? Everybody is not going to pay that much.’ But, we’re asking people to pay more. More than they maybe really need to do and I don’t think that should ever be considered on our part,” responded Bunke. “We’re not at that point yet, I don’t believe. There are a lot of people that are still struggling. The economy is not that great and everybody’s got their hand up; everybody wants more. Some time there has to be a stop to it. If we have to work a little harder as a council, I think we can.”

“Personally, I do not find setting the levy at $790,000 to be easy at all. We need to stop worrying .....
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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 cit ..... 
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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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