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In 2012, under financial pressure to reduce costs, Big Stone County Commissioners sought voter approval to make the auditor, treasurer and recorder jobs appointed rather than elected. Voters turned it down. Submitted photo

Changing economy drives counties to change how they do business


The recession, a reduction in revenues and the mantra that government should “live within its means” has meant many county governments have streamlined staff while still trying to provide the same level of services the state mandates and the public demands.

But the call for government to be run more like a business can mean a shake-up of long-standing government structures that isn’t always warmly received by the public and can sometimes be stopped by voters.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750