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1/29/2013 1:21:00 PM
County subs out assessor duties temporarily

By Gretta Becay

At their meeting Jan 22, 2013, the Dodge County Commissioners voted unanimously to sign an agreement for Steele County to act as interim assessor until a permanent assessor is selected. The agreement is in effect until March 31 and calls for Dodge to pay Steele $90/hour for the services.

The commissioners also approved a job description for the position of director of land records. The county will advertise for applicants for this position. The employee would oversee both the recorder's office and the assessor's department.

In an earlier phone conversation, County Administrator Jim Elmquist had explained that some other Minnesota counties have this position in place instead of employing both a recorder and an assessor.

Since 1974, Dodge, Fillmore, and Olmsted counties have shared a partnership to manage community corrections tasks. These include parole services and victim services. The group lost about $270,000 in state funding over a year ago, so the amount the member counties have to pay to continue the services went up.

The formula for sharing costs amongst the three counties has changed significantly, Elmquist said. The commissioners approved a two-year agreement with the DFO and the payment of $108,883 for the fourth quarter expenses of 2012, and $99,875 for the first quarter expenses of 2013 to belong to the DFO.

County Surveyor Lisa Hanni, and Sarah Schrader, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator - both from Goodhue County - talked to the commissioners about the new Dodge County online GIS Mapping Site. The site may be accessed from the county website by clicking on 'GIS page: Mapping and Parcel Search.'

Hanni said, "Working together, we've both moved forward,"

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Donald Schwartz

The difference in real estate values is huge in some many areas such as Claremont. I wonder if these differences can be done properly by someone unfamiliar with the different areas. I would be concerned about Steele Co. residents getting the full benefit of the assessors and the office. I do not believe this is a good idea. Dodge County has been aware of the attrition for some time and should have responded according to the need. Are we trying to combine services in both counties in the tax area as well as the other combos that have already happened? This was not the purpose of county government!

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