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State LGA formula doesn’t wash for Rushford Village


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

The city of Rushford Village is gearing up for the September deadline to certify maximum levy to the county and taking a long, hard look at project budget amounts. At the September 2 council meeting, it was noted that while the city is sitting well with current budget expenditures for 2014, a running list of needed projects could produce a higher levy for property owners next year. Hikes in contracted city services, road maintenance issues, and reduced Local Government Aid (LGA) are taking their toll on available funds.

The city suffered an 18 percent, $26,000 rate hike on a three-year contract with Harter’s Quick Clean Up earlier this year after it was revealed that servicing the city’s rural areas was costing far more than amounts on the previous contract. Then, this May, a petition forced a halt on a potential $1.2 million, 10-year road maintenance plan. Now, the city is fighting notice that it will be receiving a LGA reduction of 20 percent in 2015. The city filed a letter of complaint with the state regarding the cutin funding, which equates to roughly $40 per person, but it is unclear if any adjustment can be made. The fault of the latter issue sits with the state formula for determining funding, according to Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson.

Johnson recently spoke with a representative Bill Sparks, of LGA, and noted the city’s concerns. “We’re watching our pennies. We’re not foolish with dollars. Our tax values are excessive. Farmland is assessed at a very high value and high value and low tax rates appear as though we have no need,” stressed Johnson, who added that Sparks admitted flaws with the formula and suggested the city contact local representatives. “We’re not the only one, but we’re more of an isolated case,” noted Johnson. “Land value is out of control, but it’s nothing until it’s sold and then, the tax goes to the state, not us.”

“Having a higher rate is not all that bad,” he continued. “We cut taxes last year. Now our LGA has been cut. It sends the wrong message. It appears we have everything we need and then some. We need to be responsible and look at what it means to have low [tax] numbers.”

The levied amount in 2014 was $350,000. “Should it be $400,000?” asked Johnson. “It should probably be $500,000, but that’s sticker shock. We need to maintain the things we’re committed to.” After much discussion on how to best apply the f .....
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New Fall programs starting at Grace Place

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

Morning Music Winona Beginning now, Grace Place is offering a class Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. for children to attend with their parent or caregiver. This interactive, playful experience is for families who have preschool-aged children. Rhythm, r ..... 
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Rushford looking at budget limits; future development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In September, the Rushford City Council will need to certify the maximum levy to the county and city staff is wasting no time working out the limitations and goals of the 2015 budget. For four years, the city has seen a 0 percent increase in the lev ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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Highway 43 detour for culvert repair south of Rushford postponed

Thu, Aug 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A planned one-day detour on Highway 43 south of Rushford has been delayed by weather and will likely be started on Monday, weather permitting. Motorists on Highway 43 south of Rushford will encounter a detour as Minnesota Depart ..... 
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Marvin Clarence Baker

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marvin Clarence Baker, 83 of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at his home. Marvin, the youngest of four siblings, was born in Rushford on January 7, 1931 to Carl and Mabel (Maguson) Baker. Marvin’s father died before he was born, which le ..... 
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Rushford moves lighting project, in-city hunting forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Taking advantage of timing and funding, the Rushford Municipal Electric Commission and the city are moving forward with a project to update all lighting along the Highway 43 corridor. With lighting being temporarily removed for the Highway 43 Projec ..... 
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AWANA springs up in the Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Awana, an international non-profit ministry for children in kindergarten through high school, will see its first club in Fillmore County this fall, piggybacking on the success of clubs in Houston County (Spring Grove) and Winona County (St. Charles ..... 
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Lyla A. Kahoun

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

RUSHFORD, MINN. – Lyla A. Kahoun, 90, of Rushford, Minn., died on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Lyla was born on March 13, 1924, in Norway Township of Fillmore County, Minn. to John and Hannah (Austad) E ..... 
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