Budget Breakdown: Public Works

BUDGET BREAKDOWN $13,221,100 What it is: This is the amount budgeted for Nobles County Public Works in 2016.What it was last year: $7,299,764Total county budget: $34,372,047Percentage of total budget: 38.5 percentHow it's used: 2016 will be a bus...

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Rocky Kolar, in the Nobles County Public Works Engineering Department, reviews files on a emergency bridge repair. (Tim Middagh/Daily Globe)



What it is: This is the amount budgeted for Nobles County Public Works in 2016.
What it was last year: $7,299,764
Total county budget: $34,372,047
Percentage of total budget: 38.5 percent
How it’s used: 2016 will be a busy year for road reconstruction and bridge replacements, including a street reconstruction project in Dundee.
It will also be a catch-up year for equipment replacement, with more than half a million dollars budgeted for a new loader, truck for plowing, pickup trucks and smaller items.
Grant leverage: The county will get $1.76 million in federal grants, as well as other one-time money for road and bridge work. In all, nearly $2.5 million will come to Nobles County Public Works in 2016.
Also, all of the funding for Environmental Services is received through fees. The County Parks budget gets a small amount of property tax revenue for operation.
Number of staff members: 27
More information: The public works budget consists of the Highway and Street, Environmental Services (Planning & Zoning, Ag Inspection and Recycling, Feedlots), County Parks and Conservation departments.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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