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Letter about R-P school referendum


Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

The Vote Yes R-P Committee knows that there may be people out there who want to support this fall’s school referendum, but are afraid they won’t be able to handle a property tax increase. If you’re worried about the affordability of the referendum, we urge you to look into the programs outlined below.

Minnesota Property Tax Refund

If your adjusted gross income is less than $105,500, homestead and agricultural property owners can qualify for a refund of up to 80% of a property tax increase caused by the proposed referendum. It is intended to reduce tax burdens for homeowners with relatively low incomes and relatively high property tax burdens, and offers a sliding-scale refund based on your income and property tax burden, with a maximum refund of $2,580.

Special Property Tax Refund

If your property taxes increased by more than 12% and more than $100 from one year to the next, you may qualify for a state refund equal to a portion of the increase. There is no income limit for this refund.

Deductibility of Property Taxes

If you itemize deductions for federal income taxes, you may deduct all property taxes paid. Therefore, any increase in property taxes will reduce your income state and federal tax liability.

Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral

If you are 65 or older and have a household income of $60,000 or less, you may be eligible to limit the maximum amount of property tax you pay to 30% of your total household income. This program also provides predictability because the amount of tax you pay will not change for as long as you participate in it.

To determine your eligibility for these programs, complete Minnesota tax form M1PR, available online at www.taxes.state.mn.us.

Please contact rpvoteyes@gmail.com for further information and assistance.

Robin Honken

Rushford, Minn.

Letter to the Editor regarding R-P Schools

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the editor, Chuck Ehlers and the school board have made the comment that the people of Rushford aren’t like their ancestors because we don’t want to put any money towards the school. The problem, as I see it, is that they have not given us t ..... 
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In response to Elizabeth Mitchell

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, If you were like many rural Minnesota school districts and were handed more than $200 million, how would you spend it? Would you hire more teachers and school employees, provide the best resources available to our students, or hand ..... 
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Frac sand mining...

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I wish to express my deep admiration for the Catholic Workers who went on trial for protesting frac sand mining in Winona. Their testimony in the courtroom and the way they live their lives are true inspirations. The owners of the pr ..... 
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Letter to the Editor: Hello to all in the Rushford area...

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A BIG Thanks to all landowners/farmers and snowmobile clubs for letting us snowmobile such a beautiful area. This is my second time to tour through your beautiful bluffs...incredible!! I hope to be back to enjoy your accommodations; ..... 
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David Williams...

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Does anyone imagine for a minute that the vendetta against David Williams is unrelated to the frac sand mining struggle? Does anyone think the accusatory column wasn’t initiated by someone on the pro mining side of this debate? T ..... 
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Character Assasination of David Williams...

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, With balanced coverage of news and opinion and the promotion of mutual respect, community unity and harmony, a newspaper has a positive influence on a community. With weighty issues like the sand mining ordinance, with which the ..... 
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It’s time to start taking care of what we have...

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I agree with Lori Peterson, “It’s time…to start taking care of what we have - our kids…” It’s unfortunate, however, that there exists such a negative attitude by some, as to how best to provide for our kids. Several y ..... 
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Letter about Senator Miller and sand mining

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing, working with Trout Unlimited, has proposed provisions to protect trout streams in Southeast Minnesota from damage resulting from frac sand mining. He wanted these provisions included in the Game and Fi ..... 
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