Chisago County receives $3 million in state funds in support of public safety center

Chisago County received some great news in the wee hours of last Friday morning: $3 million was included for Chisago County when the State Legislature passed a nearly $990 million infrastructure funding bill.

The bill was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton’s yesterday. The funds will cover some of the construction costs for the County’s new Public Safety Center.
“This is tremendous news” said Chisago County Board Chair Ben Montzka. “As a county, we are striving to meet new Minnesota regulations for public safety and correctional facilities. Today’s announcement represents the culmination of a 4-year effort to secure some state support for these new mandates.”
Known as the Bonding Bill, the biennial legislation funds critical capital projects for Minnesota’s statewide assets – including higher education, state government facilities, transportation, parks, pollution prevention and flood control – and for some local projects of regional significance.
Chisago County requested $3 million to partially fund a new Law Enforcement and Emergency Operations facility, which adjoins the existing 911 Communications Center and new County Jail. The $24 million expansion of the County’s Public Safety Center was approved in 2016 and is currently under construction. It is scheduled to open in early 2018.
Chisago County Commissioners George McMahon and Mike Robinson, along with Sheriff Rick Duncan, spearheaded the effort to secure State Legislative support.
Robinson said he would like to thank everyone involved with this effort, and that the county is very pleased with securing the funding.
“Without their advocacy, it is unlikely House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Senator Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, and Dayton would have been able to include Chisago County in the final bill,” McMahon said. “There were many competing requests and only limited state money available.”
Receipt of the $3 million in state funds will help offset construction costs and ensure the new Public Safety Center is completed without increasing local property taxes for debt service.

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