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(November 29, 2017) PUBLIC HEARING OF THE KANDIYOHI COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS The members of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners met at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building - Multi-Purpose Room, Willmar, Minnesota on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. Those present were Commissioners Roger Imdieke, Rollie Nissen, Jim Butterfield, Steve Ahmann and Harlan Madsen. Also present were Larry Kleindl, County Administrator; Mel Odens, County Engineer/Public Works Director; and Mark Thompson, County Auditor/Treasurer. A total of 5 persons from the public along with County Staff and members of the press were in attendance. Commissioner Imdieke, County Board Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. Chairman Imdieke explained the purpose of the public hearing was to receive public testimony on the proposed Local Option Sales Tax to fund county transportation projects. Chair Imdieke explained to all those in attendance the ground rules which would be followed during the Hearing. County Administrator Kleindl provided background information on the use of a Local Option Sales Tax to fund county transportation projects. Mel Odens, Public Works Director, addressed those in attendance explaining the transportation funding gap that exists in Kandiyohi County. Odens pointed out three options the Board has taken into consideration to fill this gap. Those options are: 1.) Increasing the Property Tax Levy. 2.) Issue Bonds to cover projects, which would be paid for through property taxes. 3.) Imposing a Local Sales Tax to fill the gap. Odens stated that the projected annual revenue with the implementation of a ½ cent local option sales tax would be approximately $2.7 million. Odens discussed four County Highway Projects totaling $13 million, which the local option sales tax funding would be used for. Chairman Imdieke opened the Hearing for public comment. Public comments were made by the following people: David Little of Willmar urged the Board to implement the Local Option Sales Tax. Denny Baker of Spicer also encouraged the Board to use the Local Option Sales Tax to fund county transportation projects. John Crossen of Spicer gave reasons to the Board as to why he is not in favor of the Local Option Sales Tax. Chairman Imdieke asked a 2nd time if there was anyone else who wanted to make a comment. On motion the meeting was adjourned. ATTEST: Kandiyohi County Board: Kandiyohi County Auditor/Treasurer Chairman