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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner with a property valued at $150,000 is expected to see taxes go down by about $45.

Minnesota has a 40-year history of equalizing property taxes for educating children. Equalization means that for a certain level of dollars to educate a child, taxpayers pay the same percentage of home value statewide up to a certain home value—the equalization factor. In other words, regardless of zip code, children get the same opportunity to learn, and taxpayers pay the same percentage of home value in property taxes.

Chuck Ehler, Superintendent of R-P Schools shares his perspective on this good news, “We are pleased to see our legislators address the inequities in school funding that have evolved our the last few years. It is always exciting to see our legislators respond in a positive manner to requests being made by school administrators and school board members.”

The equalization factor had not changed in the state in over a decade, while voter approved operating referendum dollar amounts had more than doubled. The result was increasing taxpayer inequity. “Poorer valued communities were paying a higher percentage of home value to provide the same dollars per child to educate the children of the community, than wealthier communities,” said Fred Nolan, executive director of MREA, a statewide educational association representing nearly 180 Greater Minnesota school districts.

The 2013 legislature addressed this by equalizing the first $300 of operating referendum revenue per child at $880,000 of Referendum Market Value (RMV) per pupil. That is a 72 percent increase over the previous highest level of equalization factor.

Senator Rod Skoe led the Senate Tax Committee to devote $60 million of state revenue to this effort to equalize the tax effort of homeowners across Minnesota. Much of that tax equalization was spread across rural Minnesota.

“This marked the single largest advance in education funding equity in Minnesota in a decade,” Fred Nolan, MREA Executive Director said. “This will narrow the fifth to 95th gap to its smallest since 2003.”

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Rushford moving forward with business incubator plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

While the Business Incubator Plan is still in draft stages, the city and Economic Development Authority (EDA) are moving forward in seeking grant funding to get the ball rolling. At the Monday, April 28 council meeting, EDA chairman Tom Driscoll took ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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Farmers’ Market season just weeks away

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

It may be hard to tell, given the dismal start to spring and winter’s icy grip on our area, but local farmers’ markets are just weeks away from opening. Market organizers are working to bring in vendors of all sorts and customers are equally as e ..... 
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a mode ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria - an experience of Taste - to be held May 17 in Rushford

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, Minn. — The 4th Annual ExpoCulinaria will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 5-9 p.m. Exciting improvements have been made to tantalize ExpoCulinaria guests’ taste buds. This year everyone will watch and sample as a professional culinary ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson student wins Tri-County’s trip to D.C.

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Emma Malone, of Rushford, Minn., has won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., courtesy of Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC). As the winner of TEC’s Youth Tour Contest, Malone will represent the cooperative on the 20 ..... 
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