March 30, 2009 CONTACT: Gary Eckenberg, Deputy Administrator
St. Louis County Courthouse
For Immediate Release: Duluth, MN 218-726-2447
County Board Wants Citizens to “Connect with Commissioners”
The St. Louis County Board wants to hear what residents think is important and what is not in the huge array of services provided to citizens through County government. To provide opportunity for this input, the Board has scheduled the first two “Connecting with Commissioners” sessions for two consecutive Tuesdays in April. The first session will be held on April 7th at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 West 3rd Street, and the second, on April 14th will be at the Woodland Community Center, 3211 Allendale Avenue, both in Duluth. Doors will open at to allow for informal discussions with Commissioners with a program beginning at and public comment continuing to
“The breadth of services provided by the County is staggering,” said County Board Chair, Dennis Fink during a recent radio interview. “There is not enough money for government to be all things to all people. Priorities need to be established and this will require a structural change in the way government will work in the future.”
With the State Legislature set to debate the merits of three proposed budgets from the Governor, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, St. Louis County must begin to wrestle with the reality of a major reduction in state funding available to continue its programs and services. “Your opinions are priceless, and we are not asking you often enough for your input,” added Commissioner Fink. Suggestions provided to Commissioners will be used to help determine budgeting priorities for the upcoming 2010 through 2011 budget cycle.
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