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Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Ramsey County is one of 87 counties in Minnesota. As of 2010, the population was 508,640.[1] Its county seat is St. Paul, which is also Minnesota's state capital. It is one of the 11 counties in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, and is the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota, as well as one of the most densely populated counties in the United States.[2]

Website evaluation

Last rated on September 17, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Budgets are posted.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting agendas, minutes, and videos are published.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • The names and contact information of all county commissioners is provided.[5]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Contact information for administrative staff is listed in the directory[6], as well as in their respective departments.
  • Audits
    • Audit Information is published.[7]
  • Local Taxes
    • Tax information is published.[8]

The bad

  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • No information on building permits or zoning.
  • Contracts
    • No information on bids or contracts.
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying information is not available.
  • Public Records

Government

Elected Officials

Current elected officials in the County:[9]

Office Name Length of Term Term Expires
Commissioner
District 1
Tony Bennett 4 years 2012
Commissioner
District 2
Jan Parker 4 years 2012
Commissioner
District 3
Janice Rettman 4 years 2014
Commissioner
District 4
Toni Carter 4 years 2014
Commissioner
District 5
Rafael Ortega 4 years 2014
Commissioner
District 6
Jim McDonough 4 years 2014
Commissioner
District 7
Victoria Reinhardt 4 years 2012
County Attorney John Choi 4 years 2014
County Sheriff Matt Bostrom 4 years 2014

County Manager

The County Manager makes recommendations to the County Board, implements the Board's policies, provides leadership and clear direction to department heads and staff, and develops and implements the County budget to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of services to the citizens of Ramsey County.[10]

The current Ramsey County Manager is Julie Kleinschmidt.[10]

Budget

The County’s first two-year budget was adopted for 2006-2007. The goals of the two-year budget are to: more closely parallel the State biennial budget process, improve financial management, improve long-range and strategic planning, better link operating and capital activities with spending, and improve program monitoring and evaluation.[3]

In the first year of a biennium, a budget is established for two years. In the second year of the biennium, a supplemental budget is adopted that includes recommended budget changes and updated information on department critical success indicators and performance measurements.[3]

2011 Budget

Where the money comes from:[11]

Source Percent of Funds Fund Amount
Property Taxes 44.5% $260,347,460
Intergovernmental
Revenue
27.7% $162,204,694
Charges for Services
and Fees
19.1% $112,339,937
Use of Money, Property,
and Sales
5.5% $32,106,022
Other Revenue and Taxes 2.2% $12,811,094
Fund Balance 1.0% $5,893,712
TOTAL $585,702,919

Where the money goes:[11]

Source Percent of Funds Fund Amount
Health and Human
Services
47.1% $275,928,485
Public Safety and
Justice
27.9% $163,616,316
County Administration and
Taxpayer Services
10.4% $60,982,071
General County Purposes 8.1% $47,299,039
Transportation, Recreation,
and Culture
6.5% $37,877,008
TOTAL $585,702,919

Public Employee Salaries

The website posts a County Compensation Manual[12] that list monthly salary ranges for specific jobs.

As of April 2011, there are Eighty-Four (84) county jobs that have the potential of earning $100,000 or more a year (with $8,333 a month equaling $100,000 a year).[12]

There are an additional Thirty-Eight (38) county jobs that do not have a minimum or maximum salary, including County Commissioners, the County Attorney, and the County Sheriff.[12]

Below are the top 10 public employee salaries in 2009:[13]

Name Agency Department Title Total Pay
JAMES W CHASTEK HUMAN SERVICES SVCS/INTAKE/CLINSVCSADMIN PSYCHIATRIST $158,058
MONTY L MARTIN HUMAN SERVICES ADMIN DIR OF COMNTY HUMN SVCS $150,832
JULIANNE P KLEINSCHMIDT COUNTY MANAGER ADMIN COUNTY MANAGER $149,860
CAROL ROBERTS COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS ADMIN DIR OF COMNTY CORRCTNS $149,054
CHARLES M BALCK COUNTY ATTORNEY ADLTPROSEC/BALCK ASST DIV DIR-CO ATTY $147,270
SUSAN E GAERTNER COUNTY ATTORNEY ADMIN COUNTY ATTORNEY $146,284
JAMES T HANKES PUBLIC DEFENDER ADMIN CHIEF PUBLIC DEFENDER $142,050
JOHN A RHODES COUNTY ATTORNEY ADMIN FIRST ASST COUNTY ATTY $141,917
MARY K MAHONEY INFORMATION SERVICES ADMIN DIR OF INFORMATION SVCS $139,476
QUENTIN GABOR HUMAN SERVICES SVCS/INTAKE/CLINSVCSADMIN PSYCHIATRIST $139,208

Union Contracts

The Labor Relations Division of Human Resources negotiates and administers all of the collective bargaining agreements between Ramsey County and the exclusive representatives of the County employees. The office also represents County management in all other facets of labor relations, including bargaining, unit determination, policy development and grievance handling. Current union contracts are available on their website.[14]

Lobbying

Ramsey County spent $30,000 between 2006-2010 on lobbying the federal government.[15] Additionally, the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority spent $20,000 in that period, for a total of $50,000 spent by the county on lobbying the federal government between 2006-2010.

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 $137,206.00
2008 $124,017.00
2007 $155,537.00
2006 $288,680
2005 $121,137

Data obtained from Minnesota State Auditor Lobbying Reports

See also:

External links

References

  1. |title=2010 Census Data United States Census 2010
  2. Minneapolis Regional Chamber Development Foundation
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Budgets
  4. Meetings
  5. Commissioners
  6. County Directory
  7. Audits
  8. Taxes
  9. http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/elections/RC_Elected_Officials.htm Ramsey County Elected Officials]
  10. 10.0 10.1 County Manager
  11. 11.0 11.1 2011 Approved Budget
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 'County Compensation Manual'
  13. Minnesota Public Employee Salaries, accessed May 4, 2011
  14. Union Contracts
  15. "Scott County: Spending tax dollars to get tax dollars," Star Tribune, September 4, 2010