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Commissioners Report: County continues budget talks, elected officials ask for raises


Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

The county board continued their discussions about the 2005 budget on Tuesday. And budget talks eventually lead to conferences with elected officials about salary increases. These conferences usually begin with the office holder showing how they measure up against similar positions in neighboring counties. In some cases they are underpaid relative to the average of their regional counterparts. Never are they paid more.

Philip Burkholder (Auditor/Treasurer), Richard Mensink (Recorder), Jim Connolly (Sheriff) and Brett Corson (Attorney) were before the commissioners on Tuesday.

Burkholder, who has been the countys Money Czar ever since the Auditor and Treasurer offices were consolidated two years ago, compared his 2004 salary with the five counties that have dual Auditor/Treasurer positions; Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Rice and Wabasha all have similar posts. The average 2004 salary is $63,564, slightly more than the $60,129 Burkholder received this past year.

Last year I was given a 2% increase, while others received much higher increases, Burkholder said. I would request $63,300, which is still under the average of those five counties.

When asked what percentage increase that came to, Burkholder said, About 5%.

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Richard Mensink is in his 10th year as county auditor. Mensink told the board that after 10 years, most people are at the top of their pay scale, noting that he is paid significantly less than the auditor average among neighboring counties.

In 2004, Mensink made $46,860, compared to the 2004 average of $49,272. Mensink asked to be increased to $50,000 for 2005.

This is still one year out from the average, Mensink noted

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Jim Connolly is paid less than four sheriffs in the 10 counties of southeast Minnesota used by the board to compare elected official salaries. Sheriffs in Goodhue, Rice, Steele, and Winona counties all make more than Connolly who was paid $67,500 in 2004, slightly less than the $68,374 average.

Connolly pointed out that Wabasha County regularly raises elected official salaries with a 2.5% cost of living allowance, plus 3 percent, or 5.5%.

Connolly requested a 5% increase to $72,000. At 15 years on the job, Connolly is the longest tenured sheriff in .....
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Rushford City Council Report: Mayor Roberton questions backup generator purchase

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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Im afraid were spending $2 million we didnt need to spend, Mayor T.S. Roberton declared as he reviewed the power supply options and generators at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday night, August 9th. Roberton asked who had originally broug ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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Felony Charges

William Paul Miller, 37, of Wykoff, was arraigned on charges in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 9. Miller was charged with felony theft of an anhydrous ammonia tank from a Fountain area farm on J ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Water Park plan goes to committee

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Carlisle Corson presented his plan for a Water Park and Resort at the Monday, August 2, Preston City Council meeting. He explained that his plan essentially only changes the location of the earlier proposed Recreational Center that would have been at ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment and rural districting discussed

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Jeff Hebl, a Zenith Street neighbor, brought his concerns about the recent Jim Wagner detachment petition to the Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday, August 2. Hebl reminded the council that the Wagner property was in the city limits when it was pu ..... 
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Two Whalan girls work for a cure

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Emma McGrath sits in the hot sun along side the Root River Trail giving lemonade, brownies and cookies to bicyclists traveling along the bike trail. In return for this kindness, Emma asks each biker to make a donation to her favorite charity - the Am ..... 
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Preston gathers for a Town Meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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This is not a debate, but a public discussion - the purpose is not to win an argument, but to hear many points of view, and explore multiple options and points of view.  a handout at the Preston Town Meeting.

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Commissioners' Report: Budget talks and permits dominate board meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board spent the bulk of their Tuesday, August 3 meeting holding preliminary discussions regarding the 2005 budget.

Departments have been asked to factor in possible increases of 20% for insurance and a cost ..... 
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Mosquito-related illnesses strike area

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The increased rainfall this spring and summer has provided great areas for mosquitoes to breed in abundance. Mosquitoes have no real health benefit and are commonly responsible for such diseases as La Crosse Encephalitis, West Nile Fever, Malaria, an ..... 
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