Washington County, Minnesota

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Grade2.pngC-
Budget Y
600px-Yes check.png
Meetings Y
600px-Yes check.png
Elected Officials Y
600px-Yes check.png
Administrative Officials Y
600px-Yes check.png
Permits, zoning P
Partial.png
Audits Y
600px-Yes check.png
Contracts N
600px-Red x.png
Lobbying N
600px-Red x.png
Public records N
600px-Red x.png
Local taxes N
600px-Red x.png
County websitesGuide.png
Transparency grading process


Washington County is one of 87 counties in Minnesota. Minnesota is one of a minority of states whose form of government is state managed and county administered. This means that many government services are provided by the county rather than the state.[1]

County At-A-Glance:[1]

Incorporated 1849
Form of Government Board of Commissioners
County Seat Stillwater
Area in Square Miles 423
Population (2009) 236,900
Employees (2011 full-time) 1,070
Median Household Income (2009) $74,520
Median Taxable Market Value (2011) $220,500
2011 Budget (excludes bond sale) $181,424,500
Property Tax Rate (2011) 29.689%

Website evaluation

Last rated on September 17, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
  • Meetings
  • Elected Officials
  • Administrative Officials
  • Building Permits and Zoning
  • Audits
  • Contracts
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
  • Local Taxes
  • The current budget is published.[2]
  • County commissioner agendas[3] and minutes[4] are published.
  • The names and contact information for all county commissioners is published.[5]
  • Contact information for the County Administrator is posted.[6]
  • Information on zoning is published.[7]
  • Audit reports are published.[8]

The bad

  • Budget
  • Meetings
  • Elected Officials
  • Administrative Officials
  • Building Permits and Zoning
  • Audits
  • Contracts
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
  • Local Taxes
  • Information on Building permits is not published.
  • There is no information on local taxes, contracts, lobbying, and public records.

Board of Commissioners

Washington County is governed by its Board of Commissioners. Five county commissioners -- one from each district -- are elected to serve for staggered four-year terms. District boundaries are redefined after every federal census to meet the requirements of Minnesota statute. Under state law, any district that experiences a five percent or greater change in its population requires a new election, even if the full four-year term of its commissioner has not been completed. The current county commissioners are:[5]

District Name Term Ends
District 1 Dennis Hegberg, Vice-Chair 2012
District 2 Bill Pulkrabek 2014
District 3 Gary Kriesel, Chair 2012
District 4 Autumn Lehrke 2014
District 5 Lisa Weik 2014

The Board elects a new chair and vice chair at its first meeting of each calendar year. The chair is the presiding officer during the Board meetings, and the vice chair presides in the chair's absence.

The Board develops policy, makes decisions, and makes and amends laws for the county. It also establishes the county's budget and tax levy, sets policy for delivery of services, and approves and revises ordinances.

County Administration

James Schug - County Administrator[6]

The Office of Administration provides leadership in carrying out all decisions, policies, ordinances, and resolutions of the Board of Commissioners. It also provides information and guidance in helping the elected officials make critical decisions about services both for now and the future.[6]

The Office of Administration oversees a $170 million budget and a work force of more than 1,100 employees. The Operating Budget as well as a five-year Capital Improvement Plan is developed annually and presented for review and approval by the County Board.[6]

Budget

2011 Revenue Sources:[1]

Property Taxes $87,358,600
Intergovernmental Revenues $51,440,700
Fees for Services $13,088,800
Miscellaneous $11,155,500
Other Taxes $8,297,400
County Program Aid $7,613,500
Licenses & Permits $3,728,400
TOTAL $182,682,900

2011 Expenditure Sources:[1]

Health & Community Services $53,323,500
Public Works & Parks $45,542,300
Public Safety $44,249,200
Internal Services $14,417,900
Debt Service $8,991,900
Property & Taxation $8,008,700
Library $6,891,000
TOTAL $181,424,500

Public Employee Salaries

Public employees earning more than $100,000 in 2009:[9]

First Last Agency Title Total Pay
JAMES R SCHUG ADMINISTRATION COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR $149,797
DOUGLAS H JOHNSON COUNTY ATTORNEY COUNTY ATTORNEY $139,423
DANIEL J PAPIN COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTOR $138,721
MOLLY F O'ROURKE ADMINISTRATION DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR $138,684
ROBERT J MOLSTAD COUNTY ATTORNEY DIVISION CHIEF-ATTORNEY $137,398
DONALD J THEISEN PUBLIC WORKS PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR $136,203
KEVIN J CORBID PROPERTY RECORDS/TAXPAYER SVCS PRTS SVC DIRECTOR $132,028
KAY E MCALONEY HUMAN RESOURCES HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR $126,075
MJYKHAEL R NELSON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IT DIRECTOR $125,977
LINDA C KRAFTHEFER COUNTY ATTORNEY DIVISION CHIEF-ATTORNEY $125,966
LOWELL R JOHNSON PUBLIC HEALTH ENVIRONMENT PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR $125,893
SUSAN C HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY FIRST ATTORNEY $125,481
THOMAS M ADKINS COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR $123,219
PATRICIA M CONLEY LIBRARY LIBRARY DIRECTOR $120,733
WILLIAM M HUTTON SHERIFF COUNTY SHERIFF $119,981
BRUCE L MUNNEKE PROPERTY RECORDS/TAXPAYER SVCS COUNTY ASSESSOR $114,217
HARLEY L WILL ACCOUNTING/FINANCE ACCOUNTING & FINANCE DIRECTOR $113,528
JOHN W FRISTIK COUNTY ATTORNEY ASST ATTORNEY III $112,257
PATRICK G SINGEL COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPUTY DIRECTOR CSS $110,528
MICHAEL C HUTCHINSON COUNTY ATTORNEY ASST ATTORNEY III $109,479
GREGORY J TAVERNIER COUNTY ATTORNEY ASST ATTORNEY III $108,967
MICHAEL F JOHNSON SHERIFF CHIEF DEPUTY $107,988
ANTHONY J ZDROIK COUNTY ATTORNEY DIVISION CHIEF-ATTORNEY $106,592
MEREDETH MAGERS LAKE COUNTY ATTORNEY ASST ATTORNEY III $106,404
RICHARD D HODSDON COUNTY ATTORNEY ASST ATTORNEY III $106,403
GEORGE KUPRIAN COUNTY ATTORNEY ASST ATTORNEY III $106,403
WAYNE H SANDBERG PUBLIC WORKS PUBLIC WORKS DEPUTY DIRECTOR $105,201
SUSAN K HEDLUND PUBLIC HEALTH ENVIRONMENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR-PUBLIC HEALTH $105,188
KARI A LINDSTROM COUNTY ATTORNEY ASST ATTORNEY III $102,606
STEVEN F POTT SHERIFF CAPTAIN $101,677
RICHARD BACKMAN COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMUNITY SVCS DIVISION MGR $100,279

Lobbying

Main article: Minnesota government sector lobbying

The county has spent the following on government sector lobbying in the state from 2005-2009. This includes both contracts with lobbyists and membership in government sector lobbying associations

Year Amount
2009 $191,314
2008 $143,114
2007 $144,187
2006 $91,612
2005 $82,718

Data obtained from Minnesota State Auditor Lobbying Reports

Transparency/Public Records

The Minnesota Data Practices Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Minnesota. However, the County does not provide information on how residents may file a public records request.

See also:

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2011 Budget Summary
  2. Budget
  3. Agendas
  4. Minutes
  5. 5.0 5.1 Board of Commissioners
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 County Administrator
  7. Zoning
  8. Financial Documents
  9. Public Employee Salaries (2009)