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Jensen to step in as interim Neighborhood Improvement Director; Hillmann discusses district insurance coverage; Conferences set to debate county property valuations – kymnradio.internet

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March 17, 2022 by
On Tuesday night time, the Northfield Metropolis Council accepted Teresa Jensen because the Interim Neighborhood Improvement Director, she is going to step in for the departing Neighborhood Improvement Director Mitzi Baker. 
Jensen stuffed the twin roles of town’s Director of Library Providers and the Director of Info Know-how for seven years, till retiring on the finish of 2020. Metropolis Administrator Ben Martig stated after Baker turned in her resignation, he began a listing of individuals that may be capable of step in to the significantly busy and sophisticated place of operating town’s Neighborhood Improvement Division, and Jensen’s title was the very first one he considered.  
The Neighborhood Improvement Division has quite a lot of completely different sides. It homes the Metropolis Planning Division, and with a minimum of three main housing developments, and presumably extra, anticipated to interrupt floor this yr, there’s a appreciable quantity of labor to do. The identical is true of the inspections division, which additionally holds accountability for residential rental licensing and enforcement. The Division can be taking over lots of the obligations of the Downtown Improvement Company and its oversite of the Predominant Road America program. There are additionally obligations with each the Heritage and Preservation Fee and the Financial Improvement Authority. 
Moreover, the division has lately employed one new full-time place and is working to fill one other each of which had been created within the 2022 funds. The Director can be instrumental in serving to to element the work obligations these positions will carry. Martig stated working with and figuring out the neighborhood are important elements of being the Director of Neighborhood Improvement. Jensen’s expertise with the library and IT makes her an ideal match for the interim position, and that’s the reason she was his first telephone name. 
“Clearly that place, from the library standpoint, could be very customer support pushed. I feel there are greater than 24 full-time workers and a few part-time workers that she supervised. She was often known as being an excellent supervisor. Individuals favored working together with her they usually had a really optimistic workforce ambiance. After which, on Info Know-how, our workers engaged on our pc techniques and networks, it crossed over to many departments. So, internally, we’re fairly accustomed to Teresa. She brings optimistic power to the desk and I feel she’ll fill the interim position nicely.” 
Mayor Rhonda Pownell was additionally very clearly happy to see Jensen again with town and famous that her “creativity would yield nice outcomes.” 
Director Baker’s final day with town can be tomorrow. Jensen will assume the interim place on Tuesday. 
Jeff Johnson’s full dialog with Metropolis Administrator Ben Martig and Mayor Rhonda Pownell might be heard right here 
 
District going through insurance coverage premium hike 
On Monday night time, the Northfield Public Faculty District Director of Finance Val Mertesdorf gave a presentation to the Scholl Board on two
Superintendent of Colleges Dr. Matt Hillmann
sections of the funds displaying each the well being and the difficulties within the faculty district’s monetary state of affairs. 
Superintendent of Colleges Dr. Matt Hillmann stated Mertesdorf reported on two funds, the Debt Service Fund and the Inner Service Fund. 
The Debt Service Fund is the fund the district makes use of to pay its bonding money owed. Hillmann stated this fund is extremely regulated by the state of Minnesota. By legislation, the district is required to levy 105% of what it owes in bonding. The state then makes a calculation about how a lot extra cash the district has within the fund, and no matter is left over is returned to the taxpayers. Hillmann stated the fund is being administered simply correctly, and all the pieces is in good type. 
Nonetheless, they’re dealing some challenges with their worker well being insurance coverage, which is run by the Inner Service Fund. 
The Northfield Faculty District runs a self-insured program for each well being and dental that has been honored by the College of Minnesota’s Humphrey Faculty of Public Affairs as an modern native authorities program.  
The variety of claims from the well being plan has risen considerably lately, and so after eight years of not having to make a rise to the medical health insurance premiums, they had been confronted with a 25% enhance in January. Hillmann stated the district was ready to make use of some reserve {dollars} and cash acquired by one of many federal authorities Covid reduction funds to attenuate the impression on workers this yr. Nonetheless a lot of that cash was in a one-time reduction cost, that the district will now have to search out methods to maintain workers from being hit with a excessive premium enhance in 2023. 
“Our workers have been working very exhausting throughout the pandemic in several and harder circumstances than they’ve ever seen. We didn’t really feel that was to them to bear the burden of that, so the district did step in utilizing a few of our strategic assets to purchase down that premium enhance for one yr. After which we’re engaged on methods to mitigate this this coming January.” 
In the meantime, he stated, the district’s dental plan is in high quality form. There has not been a rise in that plan since 2006, and he doesn’t see one coming one 2023. 
Jeff Johnson’s full dialog with Superintendent of Colleges Dr. Matt Hillmann might be heard right here 
 
Rice County property tax statements are within the mail 
Rice County property homeowners can anticipate to obtain two statements within the mail within the coming days, and the county is providing assist to make sure that everybody understands what every doc means, and the place to go to search out assist and clarification. 
The primary is a Tax Assertion, which exhibits the valuation of a property in 2021, the overall tax owed in 2022, and a breakdown of how every taxing district, which in Northfield is town, the varsity district, and the county, will obtain these funds. 
The second assertion is a valuation discover. This doc informs the property proprietor of the 2022 worth of their property as decided by the Rice County Assessor. That is the quantity that can be used to calculate the next yr’s taxes for the property. 
Ought to a property proprietor disagree with the evaluation, the County stresses that an individual shouldn’t wait to contact the Assessor’s Workplace, as there’s a restricted period of time through which to problem a property’s valuation.  
A number of conferences are scheduled for property homeowners to debate their valuation with the County Assessor. The assembly for many county residents, aside from those that reside in Wells and Forrest Townships, is ready for Monday, April 11th from 10am to 6pm on the Rice County Authorities Providers Constructing in Faribault. 
For extra data on the statements and methods to discover assist, go to the County Assessor’s web page on the Rice County web site. 
 
Wealthy Larson is the KYMN Information Director. Contact him at [email protected]
 
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