Chisago County Board of Commissioners

County Board looks at linking lakes together With open-water fishing season wrapping up, warm summer days on the lakes seem far away, but members of the Chisago County Board of Commissioners already have boating on their minds. By a 4-1 vote Oct. 16, the board approved a request by the Chisago County Lakes Improvement District [...]

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Since 2009, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners has either kept the county property-tax rate flat or reduced it from previous years, and that trend will continue in 2014. By a 4-1 vote, the board decided to set its preliminary property-tax levy at $31,347,021, a slight decrease from last year’s levy. Initially, that number was [...]

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Chisago County Commissioner Mike Robinson asked the same question of both Sen. Sean Nienow and Rep. Bob Barrett when they showed up at the Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 7 to talk about legislative actions that happened this past session: “What was the best thing that happened in the session, and what was [...]

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The State Legislature recently gave Minnesota counties more authority to levy a tax used solely for road maintenance, and Chisago County will be taking advantage of that tax next year. By a 3-2 vote July 17, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners approved a $10 wheelage tax on vehicles kept within Chisago County. Commissioners Mike [...]

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Normally consent agendas at government meetings don’t receive much discussion — they’re generally reserved for what are deemed noncontroversial items — but the consent agenda over the course of two Chisago County Board of Commissioners meetings has sparked some heated debate. At the July 3 meeting, there were 15 items on the board’s consent agenda, [...]

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Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt is soon to don another “hat” — public information officer. By a unanimous vote July 3, the board appointed Messelt as its media liaison. County Board Chairman Ben Montzka said as the public information officer, Messelt will occasionally draft summary reports of board actions that will be available to media [...]

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