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Spring Valley ambulance director to retire August 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council heard a presentation by Brian Hoff of Fillmore County that furnished information on the 2014 levy and the effect it will have on taxes. Meeting at 5:30 was the Board of Review to give the public an opportunity to question property values. The total value of the City of Spring Valley is $113,879. New construction is $375,000. Ag/rural land came in at $6,420 and residential valuation is $86,724. Seasonal valuation was $1,168 and commercial at $18,389,300. Exempt and public utilities was rated at $113,619,500.

The Fillmore County 2014 Assessment Summary stated that the 2014 assessment year continued to see prices increase for agricultural land. There were 45 agricultural sales that resulted in a median ration of 75.4 percent of the estimated market values. Productive tillable land sold as high as $10,000 per acre. The median value of tillable land is now at $7,150 per acre. Pasture value is now $2,700 per acre and woods value is $2,500. Waste land stayed at $1,800 per acre.

Throughout the county there were 191 residential/seasonal rec residential residential sales. The overall median ration for the county was 98.9 percent of the estimated market values. The cities of Harmony, Mabel and Peterson all required a decrease in value. Peterson’s reduction in value was based on the five year history of sales. Preston and Rushford cities had a value increase.

Twenty-three commercial sales county wide had a median ration of 94.8 percent of the estimated market values. Chatfield city had the required sample set of six commercial sales that required a reduction in value of 5 percent.

There were no members of the public attending the Board of Review and the regular meeting was convened at 6.

Griffin Construction Co., Inc. was awarded the bid on a section of CR 1 from Spring Valley north to the county line. The cost to the County was $656,977 and $50,809 for the City.

Next on the agenda was a letter from Jim Cooper announcing his intentions to retire as ambulance director effective Friday, August 15, 2014. Todd Jones asked if there will be a retirement party and Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that they will do what they normally due when someone retires. Bires asked what the next step would be and Zimmer said they will “deal with it in a work session.”

Council approved a Proclamation recognizing the week of May 18-24 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

Todd Jones announced that the Boy Scouts will be doing the creek cleanup this year on April 19. Approximately 20-30 volunteers will clean the creek.

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