Kandiyohi County sends resolution to Minnesota Capitol for transportation funding
WILLMAR — Citing increased costs and decreased funding, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday asking the Legislature to pass — and the governor to sign — a bill to provide “adequate” funding for the state’s transportation system.
When it comes to transportation funding, “rural Minnesota is being shortchanged,” said Commissioner Doug Reese.
Board Chairman Harlan Madsen, who has served on the governor’s transportation advisory commission, presented the resolution.
The message was nothing new from the commissioners, who have been struggling in recent years with a limited funding stream and growing costs for road construction.
The combination has resulted in a “decrease in purchasing power and increasing needs,” said Madsen.
That funding gap has caused counties to defer basic maintenance and delay expansion projects, resulting in “safety concerns, mounting congestion and missed economic growth for businesses and commuters,” according to the resolution.
Along with requesting approval of a comprehensive state transportation funding bill, the resolution also states that counties should be able to implement wheelage fees on vehicles and a local option sales tax for their specific transportation needs.
The resolution will be forwarded to local legislators as well as the Association of Minnesota Counties.