St. Louis County Board Focuses Agenda on "Big Ticket" Items

By KBJR News 1

November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM CDT

HIBBING, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---St. Louis County Board members say big ticket financial items will be the focus in the 2012 legislative agenda.

Legislative priorities include selling lakeshore tax forfeited lands, resurveying and bringing several shoreline lots into zone compliance.

Because many properties with mineral leases are tax forfeited land, managing land mineral accounts will also be a top priority.

The board will also request bonding dollars for several projects including improving the infrastructure of the Arrowhead Northeast Regional Correction Center facility.

The county will also request bonds to rebuild more than 6 miles of county roads that serve as the primary access point to Mesabi Nugget's iron mining operation and to Polymet's proposed non–ferrous mining plant.

"Because of its poor condition, we would have to find county state aid highway dollars or local dollars to fix the road anyways," 7th District Commissioner, Steve Rauker said. "So, at this point in time we are hoping to get financial assistance from the state, recognizing the importance of that project not just for this region, but to the state."

Board members will decide on the maximum budget levy at the next county board meeting on Dec. 13.

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