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Rushford considers rate changes


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government



A work session regarding proposed changes to water and sewer rate changes was held prior to the Monday, December 8 council meeting with Bill Chang and Mark Lundgren of MSA Professional Services. The rates modification seeks to address operating needs, capital improvement, debt service, and existing shortfalls. In addition, the new water rate must implement Department of Natural Resources conservation rate rule.

“I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the projections,” said Councilor Mark Honsey, noting the sewer and water rates were discussed in-depth in 2010 when a new sewer was rate set amid similar concerns. “How could those numbers be that far off?” City will discuss the matter further at the December 22 meeting, following receipt of more information from MSAPS and will hold a public hearing in January before amending the rates. The rate changes would take effect February 1, 2015.

The city is also close to finalizing the 2015 tax levy. Currently, the city is planning a $750,000 levy, a 1.35 percent, or $10,000, increase over 2014. The tax rate will be down five points to 82.02, but that is largely due to an increase in taxable market values. “It’s a moving target; the market values have been all over the board in the last few years,” stated Honsey, seeking whether or not value projections will level off.

For the city, two new businesses have not yet been added in; Loken’s Rushford Inn and Family Dollar. Still, values will hopefully even out. Taxable market values have increased from $73,811,900 in 2014 to $81,474,100 for 2015. “The county is notoriously late for taking values off,” responded city administrator Steve Sarvi. “They’re added back on rather aggressively. I don’t anticipate seeing a large change and we should be getting close to the market values. We want property values to gain.”

In recent years, changes to taxable value have been greatly affected by things such as the homestead tax credit. Automatic county audits of property have also been triggered within the county when property sales hit 110 percent of the value. “It’s nice to not have values look like a tennis match,” added Honsey.

City Clerk Kathy Zacher also noted that property values can change due either a specific property, adjacent property, state programs, or state laws changing, as well as a combination of any of them. The city taxes for 2015 equate to rough .....
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Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present. The most in-d ..... 
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute i ..... 
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Rushford grants Highway 43 project time extension

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

As expected, the city has received and approved a request from McHugh Excavating for a time extension for the Highway 43 project. While McHugh will continue to do all work items, excepting a few items that had been planned for spring 2015, as long a ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford hires full-time officer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Police Department is in the midst of several staffing changes, following the recent resignations of officers Wade Anderson and Cody Bellock. The department was comprised of three full-time officers and one part-time officer, Ryan Quanr ..... 
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Rushford council approves ordinance change allowing hunt

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a public hearing Monday, September 22, the Rushford council unanimously approved changes to two ordinances that could potentially pave the way for in-city deer hunting. The topic has been up for discussion for several years and during the ..... 
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