A flurry of appropriation requests came before the Stevens County Board of Commissioners at this week’s regular meeting of the board at the Stevens County Courthouse. Those seeking increased funding from the County included the Viking Library Systems, which includes libraries in Hancock and Morris, hoping for more money to fund its Bookmobile operation; the Stevens County Historical Society, which hopes to add staff to handle an expected increase in programming; the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission, which hopes to provide loans for businesses to move to or retain operations in Stevens County, and has inflationary increases; and the University of Minnesota Extension office, which wants to turn Kristin Koch’s position 100% full-time to handle the growing needs of the 4-H programs.
County Coordinator Becky Young told KMRS that it may take the Commissioners some time to sort through the requests.
Three other agencies came before the board seeking the same amount of funding that they had last year: the Stevens County Fair Board, which gets some $36,000 from the County for operations and maintenance; the Soil and Water Conservation District, which sees the County provide roughly half of its operational budget; and the County Veterans Service Office, which provides services for veterans. Its Operational Enhancement Grant was approved by the Commissioners at the meeting.