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Posted on: August 4, 2020

County Board Prepares for 2021 Budget Meetings with Department Heads Aug. 17-26

The Wright County Board of Commissioners will be in for a busy 10 days later this month, as it begins the process of determining a budget for 2021 with a 10-day flurry of activity Aug. 17-26.

At the Aug. 4 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, County Administrator Lee Kelly presented the commissioners with a draft schedule of meeting times with department heads and key staff to go over individual department budget requests. But, as is typically the case, the best laid plans rarely come off without a hitch when trying to juggle individual department head and commissioner availability.

“Every year we have to put together a schedule,” Kelly said. “Usually, it goes through a number of iterations to try to catch any conflicts we have. After this draft was included in the (weekly county board) packet was sent out, I know we have a conflict on the morning of the 19th and the better part of the 20th.

Kelly and the commissioners commented that there are ways to try to make the current schedule work without adding additional days to the schedule. Commissioner Charlie Borrell is scheduled to do a monthly commissioner radio interview on the morning of Aug. 19, but was told by fellow Commissioner Mike Potter that the interview can be pre-recorded and broadcast at the normal time. The board also discussed moving department budget meetings to spots that are likely to be static. The budgets of University of Minnesota Extension and Court Administration are done by the state and Veteran Services has its budget effectively set for 2021 as well, so there are some options that are available for juggling the schedule without adding additional dates or times.

The draft schedule for the budget meetings as it was originally presented to the county board was as follows:

Monday, Aug. 17 – Overview of the draft 2020 budget and five-year forecast (9 a.m.); Review of position requests (10 a.m.), Review of Capital Improvement Plan (11 a.m.); Review appropriations requests (1:30 p.m.).

Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Attorney (9 a.m.); Court Services (9:30 a.m.); Assessor (10 a.m.); Planning and Zoning (10:30 a.m.); County Board (11 a.m.); Veteran Services (1 p.m.); Surveyor (1:30 p.m.); Road & Bridge (2 p.m.).

Thursday, Aug. 20 – Administration (8:30 a.m.); Building Care and Maintenance (9 a.m.); Budget 100 (9:30 a.m.); Auditor/Treasurer-Elections (10 a.m.); Sheriff (10:30 a.m.).

Friday, Aug. 21 – Court Administration (9 a.m.); Extension (9:30 a.m.); Recorder (10 a.m.); Information Technology (10:30 a.m.); Parks & Recreation (11 a.m.).

Monday, Aug. 24 – Road & Bridge (9 a.m.); Health & Human Services (10:30 a.m./time requested).

Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Soil & Water Conservation District (10:30 a.m.); Health & Human Services (10:30 a.m./time requested).

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 – Review of position requests.

After some discussion, the board decided to lay the item over to its Aug. 11 board workshop, at which point it will look to finalize the dates and times for the meetings.

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