WALKER -- Cass County officials offered school community education programs a class on how property is appraised, how property taxes are figured and what influences those taxes.
Only Northland Remer-Longville and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley accepted the offer.
Assessor Steve Kuha, Administrator Robert Yochum and Chief Deputy Auditor Larry Wolfe will present the first class 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Remer High School library. The class at Walker will be offered in March.
In other action:
The County Board sold $616,599.05 worth of timber stumpage to loggers in an Oct. 28 auction, bringing the county's total sales this year to about $2.5 million.
Land Commissioner Norm Moody said he tried a sealed bid auction on two of the 30 sales offered in October. This gives loggers an opportunity to figure their costs and bid accordingly rather than to compete with others in a voice auction, which some argue can drive costs higher.
The concept was well accepted, but did not lower prices, he said. Aspen escalated on this sale to $50 per cord, now matching the price paid for jack pine. Birch and maple, which in recent years sold for $15 and $12 per cord, hit nearly $20 and $18.50 per cord, Moody said.
Health, Human and Veterans Services Director Dorothy Opheim reported the county's team management program to try to manage child out-of-home placement costs continues to hold that budget to 69 percent of projections after 83.3 percent of the year passed in October. This, in turn, has held the total department expenditures to 76 percent of projections after 83.3 percent of the year.
Kim Thon, Central Minnesota Emergency Management coordinator, reported Cass County emergency services responder agencies have received $50,000 in grant-paid equipment and training through the multi-county joint powers board over the last three years.
First response, ambulance services, fire and police agencies are eligible to receive various types of equipment and training under state and federal grants the regional agency obtains, she said.
Management Information Systems Director Tim Richardson reported Cass will apply with a northeastern Minnesota group of counties through Minnesota Department of Public Safety for $500,000 in federal Homeland Security grant money. If successful, Cass would receive $26,000 to improve computer network security and make radio communications improvements. Grants will be awarded in June 2005.
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