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Letter about R-P referendum...


Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

To the Editor,

After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Dayton signed a bill that provides additional debt equalization funding to school districts that suffered from a natural disaster. Our current tax base allows the state to pay 55% (estimated to be $20.9 million) of the total cost of a new R-P school building constructed outside of a floodplain. The state will NOT provide this additional funding towards remodeling our current facilities.

•$20,990,750 state funding available for new facility outside the flood plain

•$17,174,250 community funding (R-P School District)

•The above combined totals $38,165,000 for Early Childhood- 12th Grade Building

If you would like additional information about the funding formula, please call: Tom Melcher - Minnesota Department of Education, School Finance - (651)582-8828.

Unlike most state appropriations, debt service equalization aid is NOT appropriated on a two-year basis. It is an “open and standing” appropriation that is appropriated automatically and does not rely on legislative action to be available. However, the legislation does require the community to vote to fund a new building.

In plain language: the 55% ($20,990,750) will be available when the bond levy referendum to build a $38,165,000 school building passes. The state will pay 55% of the principal and interest over the 20-year loan. The state funds do not expire.

Legislators from all over the state recognized our need and gave us this gift. Citizens of Minnesota - including all R-P district taxpayers - help fund projects every year, like the Gophers stadium, the Vikings stadium, and Twin Cities light rail transit. Let’s accept the gift from our fellow citizens and build the school our children deserve.

Janelle Ansell

R-P Vote Yes Committee
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Rushford Village increases maximum levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the cou ..... 
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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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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Rushford Village reviews project, staffing options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Getting the Tuff Lane Project underway may finally be drawing near for Rushford Village. Deemed deficient by the county, the city is mandated to remedy the lane bridge, which currently has insufficient tonnage limits. In June project engineer Brian ..... 
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Highway 43 detour for culvert repair south of Rushford postponed

Thu, Aug 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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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