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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Jim Berg, Brown County Commissioner Second District

  • Jim Berg of New Ulm is seeking re-election to Brown County Commissioners District 2. He and his wife, Wendy, have four children: Dan, Jeff, Lisa and Tim and five grandchildren.
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  • Jim Berg of New Ulm is seeking re-election to Brown County Commissioners District 2. He and his wife, Wendy, have four children: Dan, Jeff, Lisa and Tim and five grandchildren.
     
     
    Jim graduated from Cathedral High School in 1968 and attended two years at Mankato State University. He also served in the Vietnam War before returning home to farm.
     
    He belongs to the American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus, New Ulm Hub Club and Cathedral Parish. Jim has been a former board member of AMPI, a past board member of Sigel Township Board Superior for 10 years. He currently serves on the following organizations: 800 Radio Board, Brown County Extension, Enterprise North, Sioux Trails, Region 9, MN Valley Action Council and EMS.
     
     
    Why are you seeking this seat?
     
    I am seeking re-election to the District 2 seat to continue working for the best interest of Brown County and to see they get the most of their tax dollars. I have been District 2 Commissioner for 13 years, I enjoy the position and challenges is bring to the table.
     
     
    What do you believe are the top three specific priorities for the county in the next two years?
     
    First–roads–upkeep and repair of the county road system. We need to keep our roads in good condition with limited resources.
     
     
    Second–800 Radio System–to get it up and running for efficient communications throughout the county.
     
    Third–we are seeing less and less funds coming from state government. We need to see that what dollars we receive is put to good use.
     
     
    Budget shortfalls have affected nearly every city and county in the state and left those areas with increasingly tighter budgets as government aid continues to be reduced. What funding issues does Brown County face and what can be done to overcome these issues?
     
    Our County Program Aid from the State of Minnesota is being cut by over $300,000 in 2013. We’ve been able to keep our budget for 2013 to a 1.89 percent increase in spite of less funding.
     
     
    Brown County still has to maintain state mandated programs with less money. County Program Aid has been cut by the State of Minnesota but the county still has to fund the mandated programs. Our department heads have done an excellent job with their budgets to keep costs down with fewer dollars available to them.
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