Northfield Police continue to search for 42 year old Joseph Camplin. He was last seen by family on November 16th. He is known to get up during the night and take walks but he usually returns. Authorities remain concerned for his welfare and ask folks to be on the lookout in wooded areas. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Mr. Camplin, please call 911 or the Northfield Police Department at 507-645-4475. Missing Person – Joseph Camplin 18001691
Home valuations have ‘significant impacts’
Dundas Administrator John McCarthy said there were some surprises for folks in their tax notification from Rice County. He said, “there’s some significant impacts on some property owners that we did not expect, and some other properties that have been reduced”. Primarily residential values have gone up. McCarthy added, “that itself will create a pretty big impact on residential properties in the City of Dundas and so, I anticipate that I’ll be hearing from some folks with their properties”. McCarthy said the Dundas levy is going up about 8.3% but the tax rate is going down by about 3%. Most commercial properties have stayed the same or even gone down slightly. His full interview is online at kymnradio.net.
Nfld tax levy could be impacted by Paid Parental leave
The Northfield Council meets December 4th. They’ll approve their budget. Currently they’re looking at a 4.4% levy. Administrator Ben Martig said, “translating that for a $200,000 house, which we’re seeing about an average increase in valuations of 6.4%, that would translate to about $56 per yr”. The City intends on adding 2 positions in their Streets and Parks department and one police officer as well as a FT communications person. With the paid parental leave they’re considering, that levy number could increase as they have the option of going up to 7%, the preliminary levy they set in September. You will have time to comment online before the meeting. KYMN will keep you posted as to when comments will open, which will likely be Monday the 3rd.
District sees better bond rates
The Northfield School district is preparing for the sale of bonds to begin preparation work for a new Elementary School and improvements on the other buildings. The Board approved the parameters they set for Ehlers and Associates, who will handle the sale. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann commented that Ehlers believes they’ll get a better interest rate on the bonds than they had originally projected. That means less bonding on the taxpayer. That lowers the estimated impact on a $250,000 home to $25 per year, that’s $2 less than previous projections. He said, while the dollar amount isn’t a big deal, it does show that the District takes very seriously their responsibility of the taxpayer dollars. The district sent out RFP’s for architectural services, construction management and financial investments (for those bond dollars). They expect to interview firms for architectural and construction next week and have those before the Board on their December 10th meeting.