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R-P moves new referendum forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Options regarding the new school initiative and a November 4, 2014 referendum were recently presented to the Rushford-Peterson District School Board. Gary Olson, of Ehler’s & Associates, and Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, presented the district with a preliminary look and general obligation bond financing, estimated payments and tax levies for the proposed new debt, and early analysis of tax impact for the issue.

The district is seeking a new, $37 million plus, pre-K through grade 12 facility on the Eiken Drive property north east of the district’s sports complex. A referendum for a $15 million, pre-K through grade 5 facility was defeated in December 2012, following years of the district lobbying, unsuccessfully for $20 million in state aid through bonding bills. Following further pressure on lawmakers, a new change in debt equalization aid has renewed the district’s initiative.

The new bill could potentially assist the district with an estimated 55 percent of the funding. Designed to assist districts that have suffered natural disasters, the legislation could net R-P $1.6 million in aid. Through the original legislation, the district would have seen less than $200,000 in aid on its previous referendum project. “It would have been significantly reduced,” noted Gary Olson. “We looked at grant programs, but the legislature likes formulas and they didn’t want to set precedent, which is why they set up this formula. Legislators won’t have to pick to give money to district A, but not district B. It’s a way to provide you help.”

With the special legislation, aid is calculated by state average of taxable market values. The percentage of aid is also based on the size of the project and there is a threshold that much be reached. If the project is cut back, the district could receive less aid. According to Olson, if the project were reduced by $2 million, it would not reduce tax levy proportionally.

The district would need an estimated $38,165 bond for the project. Three uses of the funds include allowance for discount bidding ($183,192), which could give underwriter’s further flexibility for best bidding and legal and fiscal costs ($118,665). Also included is capitalized interest ($275,000), which will assist in keeping 2015 and a portion of the 2016 tax levy equal over time, due to the district being ineligible for aid the first year of the 20-year term.

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Rushford Village moves on road options; appoints Johnson mayor, Rasmussen new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a recent petition on a road management project, Rushford Village has opted to consult with engineers Bolton & Menk, Inc. regarding cash options for the city street maintenance and repair. Identified roads have shifted in priority due to th ..... 
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Executed search warrant in Rushford Village leads to arrest/narcotics charge

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village All

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the South Eastern Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant in South Rushford on Thursday, June 5, 2014. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Officers executed ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson catches a break; gets tangled in bully issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

“We asked for a miracle, we got one. It wasn’t what we asked for but it was exactly what we needed,” enthused Superintendent Chuck Ehler. The comments came on the heels of notification that the education piece of the Omnibus bill, HF 3172, rega ..... 
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Kingsland approves interim athletic director

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

An extensive agenda awaited the Kingsland School Board on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the regular school board meeting held in the Kingsland Conference Room. Consent Agenda items were approved. The following donations were recognized: American Legion ..... 
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Rushford Village Mayor Schwanke resigns; city recaps plans moving forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 16th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

To the surprise of many, Rushford Village Mayor Dale Schwanke resigned his post as mayor, effective June 3, following a decision to relocate to northern Wisconsin. Until that date, Schwanke and the council are reviewing current goals and plans. “W ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The menu is set. The cooks are ready to go. The wine and beer sommeliers have picked the beverages. ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away, and we’re ready for our guests. This annual experience of taste promises to be an evening of incredible fla ..... 
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RASA summer theater production auditions upcoming

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts will be holding auditions for this summer’s community theater production of ‘The Butler Did It”, on Thursday evening, May 15, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. in the Rushford Peterson High School Theat ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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 wit ..... 
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