Stevens County Coordinator Rebecca Young. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

One of the priorities for this legislative session for Stevens County comes on the Health and Human Services side, County Coordinator Rebecca Young explained on the KMRS Community Connection program. A provider tax that goes on a number of health care services is set to expire next year.

Young reflected the belief among many County officials that consumers won’t see any reduction in fees even if the tax disappears, so the state may as well keep the tax in place to pay for preventative care programs and Healthy Communities initiatives.

County officials will be meeting with local legislators on February 13 and 14 for their annual Capitol Day to discuss issues of concern to the County. These will also include issues of transportation funding, environmental issues and landfill regulations set by the MPCA that are impacting tax assessments.

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