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County Commissioner District 1

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Tom Kaase, County Commissioner District 1

For this article, I'm asked to describe myself, so here's the scoop. A husband, married to Dorle Grindland Kaase, who together have a 16 year old son, Kaine. A life-long resident of Fillmore County who, with my wife, have chosen to continue to make this county our home. A Sergeant with the Rochester Police Department, continuing to work with public safety decisions that affect our lives daily. A farmer, actively operating our 140 acres, with an additional 128 acres, together with my wife and son. An active school board member making decisions involving levies, budgets, personnel decisions, buildings, and reductions. A candidate who has the knowledge, experience, and commitment for a better Fillmore County.

As a citizen of this county, I have an interest at stake and have stayed informed on the issues affecting our county. I believe I have a good grasp of the problems and issues that our county faces. When I spoke with the incumbent and learned that he was not seeking re-election, I recognized this as a time in which I could put my knowledge and experience to work, serving as the 1st District Commissioner. During this campaign, I have met with citizens, farmers, business owners, county department heads, and elected officials. Meeting with all these people has increased my understanding of the publics concerns and the direction that needs to be taken.

Some important issues. In 2007 Fillmore Social Services was responsible for 31.8 million dollars, about 1.15 million being the county's share. State and Federal monies have been reduced on some programs, yet we are still responsible for providing those programs. How do we get back the money we lost and not increase the amount we pay. The Jail and Sheriff's budget, for 2008 is approaching 2 million dollars. Our jail is in the area of its life expectancy, 35 years. State Corrections is beginning to give direction on what has to be done or corrected. Do we build, renovate, out-source? My reputation is that of hard work, innovative, open-minded, approachable, bringing people together for a collaborative effort, working for progress, and getting things done.

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