After years of mounting operating losses, the City of Cottonwood recently got out of the liquor business for good. Even though it was a local monopoly in this small city, the Cottonwood liquor store ran up $20,000 in losses in 2009.
When there’s an emergency, you call 911, and that’s exactly what 37 Minnesota counties are exploring in what could be a template for how local government can consolidate services and save money, while providing critical services.
No matter who prevails in the election to become Crow Wing County Auditor in November, Brainerd lakes area taxpayers have already won. Crow Wing County Commissioners voted recently to eliminate the county treasurer office and combine it with the county auditor office, streamlining operations and saving an estimated $140-150,000 in the process.
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