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R-P referendum forum hits at questions before big vote


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Features

There was a packed house with more than 100 local residents at the second R-P referendum open forum last Monday evening. Administration staff, school board members Angela Colbenson, Daniel Munson, John Nitecki, and Greg Smith, and representatives from both architectural firm ATS&R and consultants Ehlers & Associates were on hand to field questions from those in attendance following a slideshow presentation.

Four and a half years into thorough building evaluation, legislative lobbying, and several committees, task forces, and forums, the district is asking district residents to pony up for a new, $15 million early education through grade 5 facility north of the athletic fields.

With a projected interest rate of 3.9 percent over a bond length of 20 years, the facility, if approved, will cost the district $22,848,109 (principal and interest, less $126,904 in state aid), when it’s all said and done. Many argue that this is too steep a price to pay for local residents.

Should the R-P referendum pass, commercial properties with a taxable market value of $500,000 would see projected additional taxes of $2,113. The state average is $3,132. In contrast, a home at a $125,000 market value would have a projected $415 tax price tag. The state average is $462.

Agricultural homestead, which makes up a large portion of district residents, is the most difficult to calculate. They are taxed as the house, garage, and one acre. In this case, an agricultural homestead with a market value of $500,000 could see an additional $497 in annual taxes, while one valued at $1,000,000 could see an additional $711. Other acreage is taxed per acre and is dependent on land value.

Some argued that the district should instead set aside funds and work towards a new school without incurring debt. “Couldn’t we be putting aside money instead?” asked Linda Hovland. “Would that show the state a good faith effort or would that hurt us?”

Superintendent Chuck Ehler insisted that the district had done all it could to find funding assistance. “We’re still working with them. We haven’t given up on that avenue,” he stated. The district’s original plan was suggested with the plan of a 70/30 split on debt equalization. However, since the state has shifted its funding formula, and with declining values, state aid has eroded, according to Gary Benson. Should the referendum pass, the district’s debt l .....
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First Presbyterian Church in Rushford releases new cookbook

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Faith & Worship

First Presbyterian Church of Rushford, along with Trinity Fellowship ELCA and many friends, have compiled a new cookbook, “Chicken N Biscuits and Apple Pie.” Recipes from the congregation’s annual fall dinner are featured, along with histories ..... 
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Noel David Larson

Wed, Dec 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Noel David Larson, 69, of Larkspur, Colorado, passed away November 5, 2012 after a long illness. Noel was born December 25, 1942 to parents Clifford and Ione Larson. He grew up in Choice, MN and graduated from Rushford High School. Noel worked for ..... 
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Cathleen Hatling

Tue, Dec 11th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Cathleen passed away at her daughter Patty Barton’s home December 10, 2012 in Eitzen. She was born July 5, 1928, in Harmony to Harold and Irene Flynn. She graduated from Harmony High School. Cathleen was married to Rolf Hatling September 8, 19 ..... 
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Why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first?

By Robin Honken

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Submitted by Robin Honken, Ruth Peterson, Anne Spartz Most of us know the issues with both the Peterson and Rushford Facilities. If you don’t, we ask that you request a tour of the buildings and see for yourself the crumbling walls, inefficient s ..... 
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R-P approaches city prior to referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Likely the biggest topic in the community in recent days, R-P district superintendent Chuck Ehler and board representative Greg Smith addressed the city council this past Monday about the upcoming December 19 referendum vote. Along with a presentati ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, I think everyone in Rushford would love to have a new school. The thing that concerns me is the cost to the tax payers. $15,000,000 is not something to deal with lightly. I know that the interest rates ar ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about R-P referendum To the Editor, This letter is in response to the commentary featured prominently in The Journal on November 26, written by Brett Kues, about the school referendum. I have never heard of Mr. Kues, even though I’m also ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson informational meeting

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools will be holding an Informational Meeting regarding the upcoming Referendum for New EC-5th Grade Building for Business Owners on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stumpy’s Banquet Room (basement ..... 
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