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“Continued, slow and steady improvement” for Rushford funds


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city received their annual audit report at the Monday, May 12 meeting from Smith Schafer & Associates and it appears the city is moving in the right direction.

There has been no increase in the tax levy in the last three years and the city has been operating with actual expenditures under budget. Local Government Aid from the state has remained steady the last four years and is expected to rise slightly in 2014. Local property tax now makes up 57 percent of revenues.

Also receiving commendation was the city’s Flood Loan Recovery Fund. “City staff is doing a great job handling these loans,” said Wente. The Economic Development Authority Revolving Loan Fund was likewise noted as seeing significant increases over the last five years.

Previously, there had been some caution regarding the level of the General Fund Reserves, following a sharp drop in 2010 after a transfer to the sewer fund. Reserves dipped further in 2011, following a transfer to the liquor fund, to just 11 percent. The city has gradually built back the reserves to 28 percent, closer to the recommended state level of 30-50 percent. “We’re slowly working our way back,” noted auditor Tom Wente.

Currently, there are three outstanding general obligation bonds for the city, relating to the 2009 and 2011 Capital Improvement Projects and the 2012 Levee Improvement Project. One other note, a contract for deed regarding land purchased in 2007, remains. The audit found no issues related to debts.

Capital Projects and Capital Improvement Funds have seen a drop, from activity due to levee recertification, the Rush Creek Bike Trail project, the Highway 43 project, and the Highway 16 storm sewer project. The city will be reimbursed for work related to the Highway 43 project. Additionally, engineers have estimated that FEMA owes the improvement fund $551,487.

Interfund amounts have been problematic for the city, according to Wente. Sewer Fund advances totaled $807,762 from sources such as the General Fund and Electric Fund. A Liquor Fund advance includes $166,042 from the General Fund, as well as $81,743 already due to the fund. “There really isn’t really any way to pay it back,” stressed Wente. “Making a dent will be very difficult. Wait and see how FEMA gets resolved, but you’re going to have to deal with it.”

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Rushford moving forward with business incubator plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

While the Business Incubator Plan is still in draft stages, the city and Economic Development Authority (EDA) are moving forward in seeking grant funding to get the ball rolling. At the Monday, April 28 council meeting, EDA chairman Tom Driscoll took ..... 
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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Rushford ends union battle

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city. In and prior to December 2012, Rushford ..... 
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Frost freezes out Rushford residents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endl ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following t ..... 
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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom ..... 
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