In the Spotlight

  1. Chisago County Board Approves Public Safety Center – Phase II Financing Plan with NO Levy Increase 

    March 16th, 2016

    On Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, the Chisago County Board of Commissioners approved a financing plan for construction of Phase II of the Public Safety Center, to include NO increase in the annual tax levy.

    The Commission voted 4-1 (Commissioner Walker dissenting) to remove a potential 1% levy increase from the proposed financing plan.  See below to review the approved Project Funding scenarios and Financing Plans.

    Funding for the $24 million project is anticipated to come from existing County Reserves, already-expended or planned use of County Program Aid (CPA) dollars received from the State of Minnesota, requested assistance from the State of Minnesota (bond dollars), and issuance of General Obligation Bonds (i.e. borrowing).

    Financing to repay borrowed funds plus interest is anticipated to come from annual savings in the County Sheriff’s budget from not having to transport inmates to and from other jails in other counties (   ? $500 thousand annually), use of currently-available but unallocated CPA dollars (   ? $500 thousand annually), and roll-over of existing funds used for debt payments, once past debt has been retired.

    Advantages of this financing plan include:  No increase in the County’s annual tax levy for this construction project, long-term savings via operation of a new and more efficient Public Safety Center, lowest-possible borrowing costs, and structured and manageable debt payments for the County for the foreseeable future.

    Disadvantages of this financing plan include:  Unavailability of CPA dollars for other capital improvement projects, possible volatility in interest rates or the larger economy, locked in annual payments for construction of the new facility, and continued debt payments for the County for the next 20-years.

    For more information, contact the Sheriff Rick Duncan at the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office at (651) 213-6300.

    Finance Plan Approved


  2. Chisago County 0.5 % Transit Sales and Use Tax

    Starting April 1, 2016, Chisago County will have a 0.5 percent transit sales and use tax. The Minnesota Department of Revenue will administer this tax. Revenues will fund the projects identified in the 2016 – 2020 Chisago County Transportation Improvement Plan identified in Resolution 15/1118-3.

    General Notice Chisago County

  1. Tick-Transmitted Diseases

    Now through mid-July is highest risk period for Lyme, other diseases carried by Minnesota ticks. Read on...
  2. Zika Virus

    Zika is a disease caused by Zika Virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Read on...
  3. Solar Projects

    We have created a page dedicated to Solar Information, which includes: FAQs, News, Quick Links and Related Documents. We will post information that is relevant to Chisago County and might be of interest to the public. Read on...
  4. County Jail Assessment

    The safety and security of our community, including through maintaining and operating a County Jail, is a core public service and one required by state law. Read on...
  5. Stay Informed and Stay Connected!

    Subscribe to Notify Me to receive updates and information about community news and happenings. Read on...
  6. Website Personalization Now Available!

    With the launch of the new MyDashboard feature, visitors to our website can now customize their viewing experience! Read on...
View All