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R-P board reviews fiscal impacts for facility


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The high school biology room was full Monday, June 24. Mayors from the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson, Rushford City Administrator Steve Sarvi, Senator Jeremy Miller, and several area residents were on hand to hear the results of a joint fiscal impact study.

The computerized model program, created and presented by consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, allows users to “plug in” various scenarios for capital improvement projects in the cities. Variants such as the scope of plans, interest rates, and revenue streams can be reflected instantly through the model, giving a clear picture of what impact projects might have. As far as what impact a new school might have on the district, especially farmers within the Village, the impacts were enough to silence those in attendance, at least momentarily.

Some members of the school board and the cities’ councils had already seen the presentation back in May 29 at a fiscal impact work session. Superintendent Ehler called for it to be presented again to the full board. “It’s extremely important for all to be brought up to speed,” he noted.

“The concern is overlapping impacts on taxpayers,” stressed Bubany. “We can carefully structure this to mitigate and control impacts. We can carefully schedule spending not to exceed the tax base, but it will require careful budgeting.”

The impact of a residential property within the three cities certainly saw a spike when a $15 million school project is added to the mix. “This isn’t to say you’re not going to feel this is your pocketbook,” pointed out Bubany. However, the impacts to agricultural land were dramatic. “It’s usually the house, garage, and one acre, but for school projects they pay on all of it.”

Board Chair Angela Colbenson noted the one percent inflation Bubany had figured into the model and noted the agriculture parcels she owns with her husband are increasing anywhere from 13 to 20 percent for 2014. “Agricultural land values are highly increasing,” she noted. Bubany adjusted the rate in the model and it was clear the weight of the project would fall heavily on area farmers. “We can’t make it work because we don’t get enough state aid,” she added.

“I have no sense for farm economics,” responded Bubany, who noted tax rates were figured on a taxes to present value of asset formula. “I don’t know how to .....
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Recap of Weekend Power Outages

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Three days of storms that brought heavy rain and lightning have left Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) employees and members hoping for a break from Mother Nature. Power outages began Friday morning (June 21) and continued on ..... 
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TEC Announces Peak Energy Alert Again

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. — For the second day in a row Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) is issuing a peak energy alert to address the high demand for electricity in the regional power market. TEC asks members to help by reducing their electric use. ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Principal Hired

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of a high school principal. The position has been offered to and accepted by Jacob Timm. Mr. Timm is replacing Shane McBroom who has served as the 4th and 5th Grade and high school p ..... 
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State Farm Ribbon Cutting

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Shown above at the June 7 Ribbon Cutting for the new State Farm Agent Micah Hanson are: Back Row: RACC Treasurer, Jim Roberton, State Farm Employee, Terri Benson, RACC Board Members Gary Marcoux, Jordan Brand. Front Row: RACC Secretary Peggi Redalen, ..... 
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Nina J. Malmin

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Nina J. Malmin, 80, of Wells, Minn. and formerly of Rushford, Minn. died on Wednesday, June 12, at the Albert Lea Medical Center in Albert Lea, Minn. Nina was born on January 4, 1933, in Preston, Minn. to Charles and Anna (Matson) Barber. She was ..... 
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Take root in Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

There it is in three little words; Rushford Peterson Valley. More than two years of research, collaboration, and effort and an embraceable brand sets roots in three communities. The Rushford Peterson Area Branding Council, made up of volunteers fr ..... 
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3rd Annual Rushford Days Silent Auction

Tue, Jun 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Grace Place is once again celebrating Rushford Days with their 3rd Annual Silent Auction. This year the location will be held at the Rushford Grace Place location, 110 W. Jessie Street. Store volunteers have been collecting items throughout the year ..... 
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