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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Beltrami County commissioners begin scrutinizing 2011 department budgets, including their own, when they meet Tuesday.

They will also discuss how to replace Natural Resource Management Director Greg Snyder, who has resigned.

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Tuesday's 3 p.m. work session, at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave., has been reserved for budget reviews. Commissioners last month approved a preliminary property tax levy based on a draft budget.

Budgets to be reviewed include:

E County Board -- $240,867, the same as this year.

E County Administrator -- $225,324, the same as this year.

E County Attorney -- $1.06 million, up from $1.3 million this year.

E Judicial Services -- $588.586, up from $565,590.

E County Auditor-Treasurer -- $1.8 million, down from $2.02 million this year. The department is anticipated to take in $13.16 million in revenues, down from $13.8 million this year.

E License Center -- $429,742, up from $421,145 this year. It is estimated the department will take in $487,050 in revenues, up from $483,030 this year.

Commissioners plan to use their next four work sessions to go over the remainder of county department budgets before pproving a final levy and budget in mid-December.

At the board's 5 p.m. regular meetng, commissioners will discuss Snyder's replacement.

Snder submitted a letter of resignation stating he is taking a position with the state Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Trails Division. His last day with the county is Oct. 26.

"Greg will be missed," County Administrator Tony Murphy wrote in a memo. "He has worked hard and has been very successful in learning the responsibilities and skills needed to be an outstanding land commissioner. The county has come to rely heavily on his integrity, judgment and professionalism."

Commissioners will discuss the need for interim leadership of the Natural Resource Management Department and plans to fill the land commissioner vacancy, which doubles as head of the department.

Also on the regular agenda, commissioners will consider a resolution declaring this week as National 4-H Week in Beltrami County. The local 4-H program has more than 500 participants and 100 volunteers.

The County Board will receive a report on the 2010 Beltrami County Fair from Paul Hokuf of the Beltrami County Agricultural Association.

Commissioners will also discuss the process for considering requests from the 2011 County Development Fund, which is funded through county resources profits with up to $5 per capita of county residents set aside. The fund will have about $75,000 this year to dole out.

The County Board consent agenda includes county bills and warrant payment listing, approval of a new 3.2 percent beer license at Rogers Resort, repurchase of forfeited property by Jens and Kathleen Patch and approval of a 10-month lease extension for Leech Lake Public Health in the Community Services Center.

Also, commissioners will consider approval of an OSHA grant agreement, to allow the county highway engineer to attend the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., to approve a special use permit for the Blackduck Stump Jumpers, approval of a county road speed study and approval of certifying delinquent commercial solid waste accounts to property taxes.

No names included in the account numbers given commissiones, but the largest account in arrears exceeds $4,500. There arew more than 160 accounts in arrears.

Beltrami County commissioners begin scrutinizing 2011 department budgets, including their own, when they meet Tuesday.

They will also discuss how to replace Natural Resource Management Director Greg Snyder, who has resigned.

Tuesday's 3 p.m. work session, at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave., has been reserved for budget reviews. Commissioners last month approved a preliminary property tax levy based on a draft budget.

Budgets to be reviewed include:

- County Board -- $240,867, the same as this year.

- County Administrator -- $225,324, the same as this year.

- County Attorney -- $1.06 million, up from $1.3 million this year.

- Judicial Services -- $588.586, up from $565,590.

- County Auditor-Treasurer -- $1.8 million, down from $2.02 million this year. The department is anticipated to take in $13.16 million in revenues, down from $13.8 million this year.

- License Center -- $429,742, up from $421,145 this year. It is estimated the department will take in $487,050 in revenues, up from $483,030 this year.

Commissioners plan to use their next four work sessions to go over the remainder of county department budgets before pproving a final levy and budget in mid-December.

At the board's 5 p.m. regular meetng, commissioners will discuss Snyder's replacement.

Snder submitted a letter of resignation stating he is taking a position with the state Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Trails Division. His last day with the county is Oct. 26.

"Greg will be missed," County Administrator Tony Murphy wrote in a memo. "He has worked hard and has been very successful in learning the responsibilities and skills needed to be an outstanding land commissioner. The county has come to rely heavily on his integrity, judgment and professionalism."

Commissioners will discuss the need for interim leadership of the Natural Resource Management Department and plans to fill the land commissioner vacancy, which doubles as head of the department.

Also on the regular agenda, commissioners will consider a resolution declaring this week as National 4-H Week in Beltrami County. The local 4-H program has more than 500 participants and 100 volunteers.

The County Board will receive a report on the 2010 Beltrami County Fair from Paul Hokuf of the Beltrami County Agricultural Association.

Commissioners will also discuss the process for considering requests from the 2011 County Development Fund, which is funded through county resources profits with up to $5 per capita of county residents set aside. The fund will have about $75,000 this year to dole out.

The County Board consent agenda includes county bills and warrant payment listing, approval of a new 3.2 percent beer license at Rogers Resort, repurchase of forfeited property by Jens and Kathleen Patch and approval of a 10-month lease extension for Leech Lake Public Health in the Community Services Center.

Also, commissioners will consider approval of an OSHA grant agreement, to allow the county highway engineer to attend the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., to approve a special use permit for the Blackduck Stump Jumpers, approval of a county road speed study and approval of certifying delinquent commercial solid waste accounts to property taxes.

No names included in the account numbers given commissiones, but the largest account in arrears exceeds $4,500. There arew more than 160 accounts in arrears.

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