WALKER -- Cass County will receive $107,512 from federal payment in lieu-of-tax money this year and distribute $32,254 of that to townships inside the Chippewa National Forest.
The share remaining for county use will be $10,000 more than projected when the county budget was set for 2000.
The board voted to support a proposal for an outpatient veterans clinic in Bemidji. Veterans Service Officer John Reuter said Bemidji is competing with the city of Fosston for that facility.
Reuter reported, with the receipt of $500 from Motley American Legion, eight Legion and VFW posts serving Cass County veterans have donated a total of $5,750 to the county veterans transportation program this year.
The county budgeted $30,000 for that program and has spent $26,223.85 so far this year. The service provides veterans transportation to medical services at major veterans medical centers in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Reuter said.
Commissioners voted to drop from 11 to five the visitor parking spaces in the back courthouse parking lot during demolition of Hope Annex. This will permit more employee parking on county property until the new parking lot is completed on the former Hope site.
The county will get $7,280 in state funds for the sheriff's department snowmobile safety and law enforcement program.
Board members continued to object to land being removed from property tax rolls by placing the land in trust for Leech Lake Indian Reservation.
Tuesday, the board received notice the Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved placing land parcels in Cass Lake and along Highway 2 in trust.
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