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Chisago County Commissioner District 4

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    Ben Montzka
    (NP)

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

What actions would you take, if any, to address affordability of housing in your county? (500 characters)

How would you ensure election laws do not create barriers to Minnesotans’ freedom to vote while also ensuring safe and secure elections? (500 characters)

What do you see as the biggest challenges to mental health and social services in your county, and how would you address them? (500 characters)

If there were to be budget cuts during your term, what are the most essential county services that you would advocate to preserve? (500 characters)

Campaign Email montzka@aol.com
Campaign Mailing Address P.O. Box 307
Wyoming, MN 55092
If I am re-elected as County Commissioner, I will work hard to represent our community. Among the important issues that I will address will be ensuring that our county roads are well maintained and safe for our residents to use. The highway budget is an important component of the overall county budget. Our County Board needs to continue to prioritize county roads in our county spending plan. Public safety is also an important county function. This would include the emergency radio system used by our county sheriff’s office and our local law enforcement partners in our county. We need to ensure that our system is up to date and effective in allowing our law enforcement personnel to do their job, keeping our community safe. Further, we need t
In our region, there are reports of smaller rental housing locations are being converted into daily rental units. This change has the potential of limiting the number of needed rental residential units within our region. We need to consider incentive programs administered by our county HRA/EDA that would encourage additional rental units to be constructed and maintained in our county. Further, we will want to review our land use comprehensive plan to ensure that adequate rental residential units
Elections in Chisago County are safe and secure. This, however, is not a given going into the future. We need to ensure that our County Auditor and her Department have adequate resources to properly manage elections and fully comply with State and Federal Election Laws and Regulations. Further, we need to continue to recognize the community service of our residents who act as election judges.
Generally, within Chisago County, the mental health and social services needs are addressed through the County’s Health and Human Services Department. This department is composed of hardworking, professional and caring county employees who address health and social needs of our residents. In order to meet the needs of our residents in the future, we need to ensure that the State of Minnesota is properly funding our Health and Human Services Department. Generally, these services are provided to M
If budget cuts need to be made in the future, I would seek to preserve funding for roads and public safety. Both of these areas of public service are critically important for our County’s viability. However, there are numerous other important services that our county provides for our community. These services include county parks, business development, and public health, to name a few. All of these needs are important and need to be adequately provided by our County.