Published 8:01am Thursday, July 18, 2013

(First Publication July 5, 2013)

Notice of Special Election
Proposed Marion Lake Improvement District
Referendum on Establishment
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 103B.545 and Minnesota Rule 6115.0970, the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners has called a special election for Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Richville Senior Citizens Center (located at 100 Grove St. SW, Richville, MN) for a referendum vote on the establishment of the proposed Marion Lake Improvement District.  The question submitted and to be voted upon by the qualified voters and property owners within the proposed lake improvement district is the following:

“Should a lake improvement district be established to provide the programs as outlined in paragraph 3 and be financed as outlined in paragraph 5 of the September12, 2012 Order Establishing the Lake Improvement District?

3. The water and related land resource management programs to be undertaken by the District may include:

a) Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to eliminate water pollution;

b) Receive financial assistance from and participate in projects or enter into contracts with federal and state agencies for the study and treatment of pollution problems and related demonstration programs;

c) Undertake research to determine the condition and development of the body of water included within the Lake Improvement District to transmit the studies of the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other interested authorities;

d) Make cooperative agreements with the United States or state government or other county or city to effectuate water and related land resource programs;

e) Conduct programs of water improvement and conservation;

f) Implement a water monitoring system;

g) Serve as local sponsor for state and federal projects or grants;

h) Regulate water surface as deemed necessary and reasonable; or

i) Such other programs, plans, studies, developments or implementations as are allowed or permitted by law, and approved by the County Board from time to time.

5. Funding for the Lake Improvement District shall be:

a. Start-up funds will be provided from the Marion Lake Association.

b. Lake Improvement District activities may be funded by the levying of an ad valorum tax solely on property within the District. No establishment or increase in the ad valorum property tax will be allowed if it affects the county levy subject to state-imposed levy limits.

c. Lake Improvement District activities may also be funded by assessment of costs of projects upon the benefitted property within the District in the manner provided under Minnesota Stat. Chapter 429.

d. Lake Improvement District activities may also by funded by imposition of service charges on users of the Lake Improvement District services within the District (Minnesota Statute §428A.05).

e. The Lake Improvement District may also finance projects and services of the District by issuing obligations as provided in Minnesota Stat. §429.091.”

For the purpose of this special election -
A qualified voter is a Minnesota resident already registered to vote within the boundaries of the proposed lake improvement.

A property owner is a Minnesota or Non Minnesota resident with legally recorded ownership interest in the real property located within the boundaries of the proposed lake improvement district.  This includes tenants in common, joint tenants, the trustee of a trust, and a corporate officer of a corporation.

Note – Trusts, partnerships and corporations as the legally recorded entity owning the property are entitled to one vote regardless of the number of trustees, partners or shareholders.

Qualified voters and property owners who will be absent on Election Day can submit an absentee ballot (either in person or by mail) to the Otter Tail County Auditor’s office located at 510 Fir Ave W., Fergus Falls, MN  56537 during normal business hours beginning Monday, July 1, 2013 and ending Friday, July 19, 2013.  Please contact the Otter Tail County Auditor’s office for an absentee ballot application.  The County Auditor’s office can be contacted by calling 218 998-8030/8040/8041or by email at  An absentee ballot will only be issued upon receipt of a complete application.

To facilitate the administration of this special election, qualified voters and property owners are encouraged to bring documentation that they either reside in and/or own property within the boundaries of the proposed lake improvement district, for example, a current property tax statement, Minnesota Driver’s License, Minnesota Identification Card etc.

Note – This Notice of Special Election is being mailed to the primary and alternate taxpayers currently identified in the County’s property tax system as owning property within the boundaries of the proposed lake improvement district and to qualified voters.     It is the responsibility of the primary and alternate taxpayers to notify any other individuals with a legally recorded ownership interest in their property.

Please direct questions to Wayne Stein, Otter Tail Auditor by phone at 218 998-8041 or by email at

Publication Date: July 5, 2013.

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