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Editorial: It is good to see a little gov't discussion

fficials from the city of Willmar, Kandiyohi County and the Willmar School District gathered Tuesday to talk about a joint review process. This is a good step for the three jurisdictions as well as their taxpayers. A joint review process will hel...

fficials from the city of Willmar, Kandiyohi County and the Willmar School District gathered Tuesday to talk about a joint review process.

This is a good step for the three jurisdictions as well as their taxpayers.

A joint review process will help open communication between the three jurisdictions and promote discussion how major projects impact available community resources.

Such communication is a better step compared to individual statements from one jurisdiction criticizing other jurisdictions over specific problems or projects.

The review process, while advisory in nature, would formulate a joint look at the needs of the three government entities within Kandiyohi County.

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Through this collaborative review process the three jurisdictions can assist -- through communication and cooperation -- keeping critical projects moving in the right direction while at the same time coordinating bonding plans to pay for such projects.

Tuesday's meeting was the first joint meeting in years between the three core government entities in this county.

While the city, county and school district still have to formulate the details of this joint review process, this discussion is a critical first step toward better communication among the three.

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