WALKER -- Food and lodging businesses would pay between 88 and 275 percent more for inspection fees if Cass County did not have a county sanitarian, said Craig Gilbertson, sanitarian and deputy environmental services director.
The county initiated a local sanitarian program in 1983, Gilbertson reminded the board, following the death of the state sanitarian who had served several counties in the area.
The county food, beverage and lodging ordinance under which the program operates was first adopted in 1985, he said.
Cass' sanitarian also inspects Wadena County food and lodging businesses under an annual contract, charging about $13,000 annually to inspect about a dozen businesses, he added.
The board referred to the budget committee the question of whether Cass' current fees cover local inspection costs and whether the county should continue its contract with Wadena County.
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