Going to the dentist's office for a check-up always makes me nervous. Even though I brush and floss, I can't help but worry a little when the hygienist starts poking around. It is nice to get a good report at the end of the exam. Likewise, as a Dakota County commissioner, I and many others at the county work hard throughout the year to ensure the county's financial health is sound, but, like the dentist visit, it is still nice to hear from independent auditors and outside rating agencies that we have a had a good fiscal check-up.
Again this year, we have the great honor in Dakota County of hosting Minnesota's official Veterans Day program, which will occur at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. It has been a privilege for us to have the official program here in Dakota County for well over a decade now. While we will honor veterans from across Minnesota at the official ceremony, I want to take time to particularly recognize our local vets — both active and retired, young and old, those still with us, and those who have passed away.
Virtually everyone is aware of the nationwide jostling taking place to attract Amazon's announced $50 billion corporate headquarters. I can't officially say if Dakota County is among the places in the running. However, it is public that Dakota County may play a key role in Amazon's entry into the multi-billion dollar pharmacy business.
The net impact of the proposed 2018 Dakota County budget would be an increase of 1.9 percent or less in the property tax levy, or roughly $8 per year on the average valued home in Dakota County. This is the smallest proposed increase of any metro county for 2018. The county's final budget still needs to be approved in December and, by law, can only go down, not up. Currently, a typical household in Dakota County pays $416 less in county property taxes than the metro average. In other updates...
There is a lot of "new"s in this e-update: new laws, new businesses, new additions to the Fortune 500 list, new roads, and a new survey.