Tricounty News

Stearns budget info online

Stearns County residents can now find information about the County's proposed 2009 budget and levy online. An overview of the budget, along with graphs, charts and budget sheets, are posted on the Stearns County Web site at Residents will get a basic summary of the budget, its impact on taxpayers, information about where the money comes from and where it's spent, forces driving the budget, what taxpayers get for their money, goals and priorities, the budget process from creation to adoption and details on how citizens can give their input. "There's good information on the Web site and I hope the public takes advantage of that," commented Commissioner DeWayne  Mareck. "There is still ample time for citizens to tell us what they think of this budget before it gets final approval. We hope this encourages people to give us their feedback on the budget we have proposed."  Citizens have numerous opportunities to give their input on the proposed budget. Although the Board of Commissioners adopted the preliminary budget and levy, the final budget won't be approved until December. At that time, the budget cannot go any higher, but it can be reduced. Comments can be submitted by email to    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to: Stearns County Administration, 705 Courthouse Square, Room 121, St. Cloud MN. 56303. The public can also give their feedback during the Public Access Forum at any regularly scheduled Stearns County Board of Commissioners meetings which are held the first, third and fourth Tuesdays of every month. There is also the Truth-in-Taxation public hearing which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Administration Center County Board Room. Anyone who would like to see the budget in its entirety can go to the Administrator's office in the Stearns County Administration Center in downtown St. Cloud.