Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Administrative Law Judge Raymond R. Krause ruled Thursday Oct. 30, that 84 homes will be detached from Rockville Township government, with their 3,840 acres of land, and become part of Maine Prairie Township.This means that 6 percent of Rockville's tax base and roughly 17 percent of the land area that was part of Rockville Township will be added to Maine Prairie Township. It seemed to the residents of this small area that it was mostly a rural area, well-served under township governing and no reason to pay taxes for city services. The city has a right to appeal this decision by filing for a review in Stearns County District Court within 30 days. Krause's order makes the decision effective Wednesday, Nov. 5. Representing the city in the administrative hearing was James Mogen, Jr., who said Friday that in the future a decision would be made to either request or not seek a district court review of the order. The order means that 188 residents would be lost to the city. There also will be a loss of about $57,250 in tax revenue, $300 in local government aid, to be offset by about $20,000 in savings for city services.
Maine Prairie clerk Terre Harff said Tuesday that they learned of the approval by reading it in the St. Cloud Times. They received the official letter the next day.