Tricounty News

Property taxes due May 15, 2014

Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay the first half of their 2014 property taxes is fast approaching. The first half of the 2014 real estate tax is due by Thursday, May 15, 2014. This is the last day to pay the first half without penalty.

To make paying taxes more convenient, Stearns County has several payment options.

Residents can pay their property taxes online on Stearns County’s website at co.stearns.mn.us. Taxes can be paid online using either E-Check or credit card.

ACH payment plans are available. Payments are automatically deducted from a checking or savings account. This spreads payments out over either a quarterly or 10-month period. It’s easy to sign up for, and easy to cancel. Call (320) 656-3870 and ask for the Direct Payment Plan.

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Absentee balloting location added for 2014 elections

Randy Schreifels, Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer, announces that an additional location will be added for absentee balloting for the 2014 Primary and General Elections.

For the convenience of the voters, Melrose City Hall will also serve as an absentee ballot location. This provides another option for voters who plan to vote by absentee for the 2014 Primary and General Elections.

The clerk’s office in the city of Melrose is located at 225 1st Street North East. The phone number for the Melrose City Clerk is (320) 256-4278. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Week in Review, April 25, 2014

Bonding

While the Senate has yet to introduce a bonding bill, the House has several proposals in the pipeline including a recently introduced $125 million cash proposal to fund a variety of construction projects using cash from the projected surplus. That is on top of the $1 billion biennial bonding cap legislative leaders have informally agreed upon. I have submitted bonding requests for the several local units of government. It is unclear if any of the projects will be included in the final bonding bill.

There is growing support to spend some of the cash surplus on transportation projects primarily to fix all the potholes. Unfortunately, the House proposal spends only a fraction of the $125 million on transportation with $37 million going to the Metropolitan Council. Some indications suggest the Senate may put together a much more robust transportation cash funding package.

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Public hearing on use of golf carts on county roads

Stearns County’s Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in the County Board Room, Stearns County Administration Center, 705 Courthouse Square, downtown St Cloud, to consider enacting an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts along county roadways.

The golf cart ordinance will provide authority over the use of motorized golf carts on county roads within certain cities. The proposed ordinance sets forth, among other things, conditions for use, permit requirements, rights and duties of the operator and penalties for violations.

Copies of the proposed ordinance are available upon request by calling the Stearns County Highway Department at (320) 255-6180. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing Tuesday, May 6, or submit written testimony prior to the hearing date. Written testimony should be submitted to the
Stearns County Highway Department at 455 28th Avenue South, Waite Park, MN 56387.

Household Hazardous Waste truck collecting in Kimball

Stearns County’s Household Hazardous Waste truck will be in Kimball doing mobile collections May 3. The truck travels to cities around Stearns County over the summer months collecting hazardous products homeowners no longer want or need.

The truck will be in Kimball at A.M. Maus & sons from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

This is a chance for residents to get rid of all those unsafe or nuisance products lying around the house – such as paints, ag pesticides, cleaners, poisons, ink/toner cartridges, roofing tar, fuels, automotive chemicals, sealers, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, adhesives, aerosols, solvents, mothballs and mercury.

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