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County to try resident survey to aid in measuring county government performance


Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown explained about the State Auditor's Standard Performance Measures at the county board's June 14 meeting. Legislation in 2010 formed the Council on Local Results and Innovation with the intent to give citizens, taxpayers, and state and local elected officials the ability to comment on the performance and outcomes of their local government.

Participation by local governments is voluntary on a yearly basis. The state pays an increase of fourteen cents per capita in county program aid each year for participating county governments, which for Fillmore County would be a total of $2,921 according to the 2010 Census numbers. Plus, participating local governments will be exempted from levy limits.

Brown noted that the county's department heads were in agreement to participate. She suggested results of the performance measures could be reported at the county's Truth in Taxation hearing. The surveys could be mailed along with other mailings to avoid extra costs. Brown said the survey would be the board's report card from the citizens. It would measure citizens' opinion of the services provided.

Commissioner Duane Bakke felt it would be good to have an analysis of the board's effectiveness. Commissioner Tom Kaase commented that he was interested in what could be learned from citizens. County Attorney Brett Corson was concerned about the amount of time that would be required for a return of less than $3,000 per year.

Bakke recognized that some citizens are fine with money being spent on things like roads, but not on all the other responsibilities of county government. He went on to say the citizenry has to understand the fact that in order for the state legislature to balance their budget without new revenue, there will be additional cost shifts to counties.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen was in favor of the survey as he wanted feedback from citizens. The board adopted the Office of the State Auditor's Standard Performance Measures for the current year.

The performance outcomes recommended to be rated include public safety, probation/corrections, public works, public health, social services, taxation, elections, veterans' services, parks, and library.

Citizens Input

Ken Soiney of River Rat Outfitters, Lanesboro, addressed the board with a couple of concerns during the Citizen Input portion of the meeting. He asked the board to consider an ordinance similar to that of Otter Tail County .....
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Chatfield authorizes engineering services for 2011 Improvement Project

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council authorized McGhie and Betts, Inc. to proceed with plans and specifications for capital improvement projects for 2011 at their June 13 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen and Councilor Dave Frank were absent.

Sewer repair on ..... 
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Goverment this week

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, June 20, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, June 20, Kingsland School Board, 5:00 p.m.

• Monday, June 20, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

• Tu ..... 
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Board of Appeal maintains assigned property values after review

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

After hearing the appellants reasoning to have a reduction in the current year valuation of their properties, the County Board of Appeal and Equalization at their June 14 meeting by consensus agreed that the assessed values should stand.

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New tornado sirens for Harmony?

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the tornado that touched down right outside of Harmony on May 22, the warning sirens did not operate. Instead, fire trucks drove around town with their sirens on to warn people to take cover.

During the Harmony City Council meeting o ..... 
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County approves third telecommuter

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board approved the addition of one more employee to work under their telecommuting work place policy at their June 7 meeting. Community Services Administrator Tom Boyd said the child support worker will be handling a larger case ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses power rates

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

Council member Joe O'Connor gave a report on the Public Utilities Commission during the recent Lanesboro City Council meeting. The PU met with Tri-County Electric and Dairyland Power to discuss power rates. They also met with Mike Bubany from David ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, June 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, June 6, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, June 6, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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Spring Valley to establish new TIF District

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday evening and passed a resolution that amends the boundaries of Tax Increment Financing District No. 1-11. In May of 2010, the city created the Tax Increment Financing District and now wa ..... 
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