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No 2014 levy increase for Rushford


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

One of several hot topics of the evening, the council again addressed the 2014 budget and levy at length at the Monday, December 23 meeting. The budget sub-committee and city staff had worked together and recommended a 2.02 percent increase earlier this year. At the December 9 meeting, Councilor Vern Bunke instead put forth a motion, which passed in a 3-2 vote, to direct city staff to prepare a budget at a 5 percent reduction from last year’s levy.

“There are a lot of issues that we’re unsure about,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “Our recommendation is to stick with proposed 2.02 percent levy increase.”

Mayor Hallum, a vehement opponent of the 5 percent reduction added, “I support staff’s recommendation. I will not vote to approve below 0 percent. I will not budget via hatchet.”

Discussion continued as Bunke poured through a series of funds, seeking current balances and opportunities for revenue or savings. “The point is, and the reason I said what I said, is that staff could achieve a 5 percent reduction, is because our fund balances are healthy. We’ve gotten a lot accomplished without so much excess. I’m not saying we need to budget by the ax every year, but if there’s any possible way to try and save the taxpayers’ money, that’s our duty. We are trying, as a team, to do the best possible job that we can and I feel the $37,000 reduction is doable. I think they’ve shown it.”

City Clerk Kathy Zacher suggested that it wasn’t that simple, as balances are shifted around to hit the budget target. According to Zacher, a 5 percent reduction, when all is factored in, will likely be a near $52,000. “At some point, you have to say, ‘It costs too much.’ At some point, you have to bite the bullet.”

The city has several massive projects underway and several in the near future, including the state Highway 43 project. The city has spent the last six years since the flood rebounding and rebuilding its fund balances. “The way I see it, what are we putting at risk in the future?” asked Councilor Mark Honsey. “We don’t always stay off the front page like I’d like, but I think we’re doing a good job. I can support a 0 percent increase.”

“There’s some squish,” responded Bunke. “It depends on management over the next year. While it might seem drastic, I see enough areas where we can work with this. I appreciate your work .....
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Curtis “Curt” Henry Tudahl

Tue, Dec 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Curtis “Curt” Henry Tudahl, 77 of Rushford, Minn., died Friday, December 20, 2013 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center after losing his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Curt, one of ten children, was born on September 16, 1936 in Peterson Vi ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Robert Louis Boehmke

Tue, Dec 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Robert Louis Boehmke 84, of Rushford, Minn. died Friday, December 13, 2013 at Winona Health in Winona, Minn. Robert was born Oct 5, 1929 in Wiscoy Township, Minn. to Carl and Hazel (Feine) Boehmke. He was baptized at St. JohnLutheranChurch in Hart ..... 
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Rushford approves third officer unanimously

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After two months of discussion and the item brought before the council on three occasions, with at least one decision ending in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city council approved the hiring of a third, full-time police officer. The city has held a thi ..... 
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Obert A. Johnson

Tue, Dec 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Obert A. Johnson, 84, of Rushford, Minn. died on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Obert was born on December 11, 1928, in Arendahl Township of Fillmore County Minnesota to Christ and Ella (Koljord) Johnson. ..... 
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Engagement - Todd ~ Agrimson

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Tracy Todd, of Rushford, Minn. and Mark Agrimson, of Peterson, Minn. are proud to announce their upcoming wedding. The bride, 21, is a senior at Winona State University and will graduate with a degree in Elementary Education with Early Childhood E ..... 
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Rushford churches bring the Christmas story to life December 20 and 21

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

As you drive from store to store searching for that last perfect Christmas gift and spend countless hours baking cookies from recipes that only come out once a year, you may find yourself overlooking the true meaning of the Christmas season. The m ..... 
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Edna Mae Kelly

Tue, Dec 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Edna Mae Kelly, 93 of Winona, Minn., formerly of Rushford, Minn., died on Thursday, November 28, at the Golden Living Center in St. Charles, Minn. surrounded by her family. She was born January 26, 1920 in Bismarck ND to Bryan F and Lenice (Turne ..... 
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