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County fears another cost shift


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Once again Fillmore County Commissioners expressed concern over rumored legislative cost shifts which would put added pressure on county property taxes. Tom Boyd, Community Services, at the board's April 6 meeting explained that if the cost shift passed, it would make counties responsible for 100 percent of sex offender commitments rather the 10 percent they are responsible for currently. The state now pays 90 percent of the cost. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud termed this potential cost shift, "the mother of all mandates."

The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) warns of the possible provision in the Health and Human Services omnibus budget bill which would cap the state's payment for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) at its current level. Any future costs for future offenders would be borne 100 percent by the counties. The shift would be for those individuals that have served their prison sentence and are civilly committed to a state treatment facility. At present counties pay only 10 percent of the cost, which currently is $320/day per individual. This would obviously lay a serious financial drain at the county door.

AMC sites a number of objections to the changes, including the difficulty of budgeting in a given year. Boyd suggested Fillmore County may be looking at one or maybe two individuals in the near future who will go through this process coming out of prison. These individuals are released from prison with the recommendation that the county try to civilly commit them. Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained that because of the fear of the sex offender reoffending, the county takes a second look which he says is very costly. Commissioner Randy Dahl remarked in the end when the county civilly commits an offender, we are saying the state treatment didn't work. AMC contends that counties also are not in control of whether a sex offender is civilly committed or not, suggesting, therefore, it should be a state cost. Sex offenders are civilly committed to protect the public.

AMC claims the state would be, for all practical purposes, using county property taxes as though they were state revenue.

Child Protection Month

April is Child Protection Month. It was suggested that a great deal of time within the Sheriff's office be spent on issues dealing with child protection. In an effort to promote child protection issues, social workers or law enforcement personnel go into the schools to talk to students. One problem d .....
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Rushford Village entertains questions on prospective campground

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 23, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Ma ..... 
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Ropes visits Fountain council

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Present: Mayor, Richard Kujath, Council Persons: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Chad Wangen. Clerk: Stan Speer, Asst. Clerk: Sharon Speer. Police Chief: Tom Mosher. City Maintenance: Herman Freese. City Contracted Engineer: Dave Morril ..... 
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Preston approves lease for temporary National Trout Learning Center

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the April 5 Preston City Council meeting an EDA request to sign a two-year lease agreement for the old Buying Time building at 120 St. Anthony Street was approved. The building will provide a temporary site for the National Trout Learning Center. ..... 
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National County Government month

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Karen Brown, Fillmore County Coordinator, announces that Fillmore County will participate in activities to promote April as National County Government Month. The theme this year is "Healthy Counties." There will be a series of articles related to He ..... 
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Wykoff's downtown tree replacement plan

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 8, 2010, at 6:30 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Mike Holzer, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Jeremy Comstock, Cheryl Davis, Al ..... 
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Rushford holds public hearing for new library

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

In a special public hearing, Monday, March 29th, the council unanimously voted to pass a resolution that gives preliminary approval for USDA loan authorization in regards to a new, shared library and city hall facility. While the measure does not ob ..... 
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Library Board Chairman Dan Munson response speech for new library

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Government

Thank you, Councilors and Mr. Mayor. We've addressed this council before, with lots of fie charts and graphs and pages full of numbers. When Susan Hart and I spoke earlier about what we should talk about today, I thought it might be a good idea to ta ..... 
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AMVETS HONORS MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN TIM WALZ

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Government

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2010-AMVETS will presented its prestigious Congressional Silver Helmet Award to Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz during a special in-district ceremony this morning at AMVETS Post No. 47 in Albert Lea, Minn. AMVETS honored Walz, a ..... 
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