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County to set budget, levy for 2011

Beltrami County commissioners are set to approve Tuesday a 2011 property tax levy that is 0.43 percent less than this year's levy.

Approval of the property tax levy of $16.9 million and the $54.2 million budget it fuels are part of the County Board's 5 p.m. regular agenda when it meets at the County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave.

The levy includes $15.16 million for regular levies for general revenue, human services and road and bridge. It also includes $1.74 million for special levies which are mainly debt service for for various county buildings.

The $54.2 million budget has $17.5 million for human services, $9.1 million for general government services and $8.2 million for public safety.

Commissioners will also set $50 as a per diem payment for a select number of committees, which will also be approved Tuesday. They will set their 2011 salary, which for 2010 was $20,753.67.

The regular agenda for the board's last meeting of 2010 includes approval of a 2011 fee schedule and of the county's five-year Capital Improvement Program.

Commissioners will also consider approval of the Hunters Point plat for Melvin Spies in Grant Valley Township, discuss the relocation of the County Natural Resource Management Department and receive an update on recruiting a new land commissioner.

The board during its 3 p.m. work session will first tour the Village of Hope emergency shelter for homeless families at 525 Mississippi Ave.

At 3:30 p.m. at the County Administration Building, commissioners will hear a request for a determination of need for a chemical dependency halfway house for men, Restore House.

Commissioners will also consider amending the county's liquor ordinance No. 44 to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages after 1 a.m., and then will review County Board committee assignments for 2011.

The board's consent agenda includes county bills and warrant payment listing, approval of a software contract renewal, approval of a contract for accounting services with Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center and a host county contract with that facility.

Commissioners will also consider Extension Service agreements, 2011 committee appointments, reappointing Lee Coe to the Red Lake Watershed Board of Managers, and a cooperative agreement for Tamarack River channel dredging.

Commissioners will be asked to approve 2011 forest development activities, a consumer scale agreement Ainsworth Barwick, a resolution for 2010 county natural resources reapportionment and a lease with the Bemidji Area Archery Club.

Commissioners will also consider a determination of need for a chemical dependency halfway house for men and receive monthly health and human sevices reports and licensing.