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Fillmore County supports MAGIC


Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



The Fillmore County board, at their April 26 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution recommending the state legislature and Governor Mark Dayton work together with all 87 counties to pass the Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and Collaboration (MAGIC) Act in the 2011 session.

MAGIC allows for an innovative approach to program delivery, provides flexibility to implement programs in diverse counties (geographically, demographically, and economically), and transitions to an outcome- based system to provide the highest quality of services in the most efficient way.

MAGIC is designed to eliminate two barriers that impede efficiency and innovation. First, to statutorily authorize counties "to take action not prohibited by state law to provide for the health, safety, and general welfare of the public." Currently, counties can only act under the explicit authorization of the state. MAGIC would free up counties to use innovative contracting methods to more efficiently deliver state mandated programs.

Secondly, the Act will create an outcome based waiver process where counties in partnership with the state can implement "efficiency-based, time-limited pilot programs that are subject to final review by the legislature and governor and will create a repository of best practices so as to improve long-term policy decisions across the state." Through the waiver process the county conducts a pilot program for about 24 months, then reports "measured outcomes" to the legislature. The legislature will then determine if any future steps should be taken.

The MAGIC Act, if put into law, will allow more local government flexibility and reduce restrictive oversight by the state. The Act will espouse the theory of the "Cooley Doctrine," which maintains "local control is the right of the people." The state currently functions with "Dillon's Rule," which requires local governments to operate under specific state statute.

The MAGIC Act will have been formally introduced as a bill at the state legislature by the time this article is published. The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) supports MAGIC as part of their Redesign efforts to "improve governance, transparency, flexibility and outcomes for the state, its counties and most importantly, its citizens."

Commissioner Duane Bakke commented that some legislators are threatened by MAGIC and some state commissioners (department heads) would loose some of their po .....
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Spring Valley City Council discusses EDA loan

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government



There were a couple of interesting items that came up for discussion at the City Council meeting on April 25. One item was on the agenda and the other was not.

The first was a report on the feasibility of doing reconstruction of Sou ..... 
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March Whalan City Council

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met briefly for its monthly meeting on March 7, 2011. Present were Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Johnny Halverson, Jim Gustavson and Lolly Melander. Larry Johnson was absent.

Acting Mayor Johnson called the meetin ..... 
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Hiking Club plans new trail in Chatfield

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

Tim Gossman, Pat Clarke, and Jenny Bradt, members of the not-for-profit Bluff Country Hiking Club, detailed the club's plans to establish the Lost Creek Hiking Trail at the April 25 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. The 6.47-mile trail will hav ..... 
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Preston creates police sergeant position

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz detailed the responsibilities for a police sergeant at the city council's April 18 meeting. Schultz had first discussed the creation of the position at a November meeting in 2010.

The sergeant would act as chief du ..... 
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Chatfield schools discuss utilizing Facebook

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

Chatfield School Board members met for their monthly meeting on Monday, April 18, 2011. All members except Matt McMahon were present, along with Superintendent Harris and both the high school and elementary principals. High school social studies ins ..... 
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Canton discusses township bills

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Canton City Council met for its regular meeting on March 2, 2011. Those present were: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Ross Duckett, Carl Ernst, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. Hank Selden was absent. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order, a ..... 
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TIF district not viable for Rushford

Fri, Apr 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

After giving consultant Mike Bubany the green light for the creation of a TIF (Tax Increment Finance) district in the Himilie Business Park, a glitch in the plan has forced the city to look at other options.

The business park site was forme ..... 
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County sets public hearing for Rushford Motel tax abatement plan

Fri, Apr 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, explained at the board's April 12 meeting a request that Fillmore County participate in a cooperative tax abatement with the city of Rushford for the Guardian Inn motel project.

The development of the ..... 
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