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Commissioner Al Johnston; after having a large attendance at the 2005 truth & taxation meeting, Johnston then claimed the budget was cut to the bone and that they would be laying off a blade operator and also a deputy.

On Dec. 9 (05)Jim Jenson and three other Co. citizens attended their final budget meeting; yes, it was very loud echoing from the south end thoughout the courthouse hall to the front door. On Dec. 12 (05) the department heads volunteered to cut their own budgets by 200K and present-it to Chairman Rasmusson…. (remember it was cut to the bone)

Sometime in January (06) I spoke with the county coordinator Trish Harren; my question was are the board members using “line item budgeting” her answer was no. Think of it since 1906 until 2006 the county budget was approve by comparison with the past year.

In January (06) chairman Orris Rasmusson drove to my place to asked me if I could start attending the county board meeting so there would be some control. Orris said Commissioner Johnston and Walker just walk out. Commissioner Stone has been absent fighting with cancer. So it is Mark Foldesi and I left in the board room.

Johnston was one of five that allow outsourcing road designing for a 6 figure cost. Jim Jenson put a stop to it.

Johnston and Foldesi spearheaded the tax forfeit land in Huss Twp that had a gravel pit also a 4000 yd. pile of gravel in place. They and rest of the board and Brian Ketring, Co. Eng, decided to put it up for bids and sold it.. When a county is selling a gravel pit; a close second would be burning your own house so you can sleep in the barn.

Also don’t forget about the 2002 flood at Springsteel which created a length of Co. 13 to be very washboard, it took until 2009 to repair it. A simple repair of 100 tons of asphalt hauled in from whereever there was a hot plant and have it blade laid for a cost of $20,000 in (03). Instead “Eight years of the most recreational travel county road was just forgotten about, and the locals aren’t complaining; so every thing is good in District One

Jim Jenson


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