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Carleton to leave the Medical Arts Building "on the tax roll at this time"

Ed Kuhlman with a 1927 edition of the National Public Opinion newspaper 1927 edition of the National Public Opinion newspaper 1927 edition of the National Public Opinion newspaper 
Mr. Ed Kuhlman stopped by my morning office at GBM on Friday to show me a newspaper called the National Public Opinion that he found in a recent batch of collectibles he’d purchased. This edition was Volume 1, No. 4, published on July 16, 1927.  In true yellow journalism fashion, the headlines scream:

FARIBAULT, MINNESOTA, IS 48 PER CENT TAX-EXEMPT!

NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA, HALF TAXED—HALF FREE

Faribault, Minnesota, is tied for first place with Northfield, in matter of tax exemptions

The Limit to Tax Exemptions in Northfield, Minnesota is the Sky With the Roof Knocked off

Carleton College seems to run the city.

We laughed because Carleton was in the news this past week for acquiring a commercial property downtown. The Nfld Patch article, Carleton College Purchases Building at 200 Division St., includes an email by Carleton’s VP Fred Rogers. Excerpt:

We believe this is a win for Carleton and a win for Northfield’s downtown. The College will effectively acquire new space in central campus, much cheaper than we could construct it. The office and professional uses of this important downtown building will be reinforced and increased. We intend to honor all existing leases and to leave the building on the tax roll at this time.

If Carleton does take the building off the tax roll, I predict the publisher of the National Public Opinion will turn over in his grave and come back to life as an angry blogger.

Northfield’s Ad Hoc Finance Group makes its recommendations

cost cuttingPages 1-43 of today’s Council packet (a very badly composed PDF) has the Ad Hoc Finance Group’s list of recommendations for cutting City of Northfield expenses and increasing revenues. The Hospital, NCRC, and Rural Fire appear to be targeted for the biggest changes.

Members of the group included: Lee Runzheimer, Bill Cowles, Curtis Tiano, Steve Meyer, Bron Scherer, Fred Rogers, Doug Crane, Paula Carlson.

The recommendations are grouped into 6 areas (‘exhibits’ in the report): 1) Northfield Hospital; 2) Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC); 3) Rural Fire Service Agreement; 4) Alternative Non-tax revenues; 5) Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges; 6) Northfield Public Library.

Posted to the Nfld News site yesterday: Cost-cutting, revenue-increasing ideas to come before council.