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Burleigh County To Form Home Rule Charter Commission to Address Budget Shortfalls

Previous county commissioners and county staff have led to a situation where the county's reserve funds will be drained in the next few years, and a solution will be needed to fix the budget.

Since the November election, newly elected Burleigh County Commissioners have been saddled with figuring out what happened last year during the budget approval process. This budget situation was first exposed back in January when the commission held a questionable meeting to disclose the fact the county simply did not have the money to do the full renovation it planned for the Provident building in downtown Bismarck. At the time, I had placed a request with the Attorney Generals’ office to look at that meeting

That request was acknowledged on February 15th as received. No results have come from it yet.

Since then, I have been working with Burleigh County Commissioners to come to a full detailed explanation has been difficult due to turnover in staff, and a lack of good record keeping. (For the record, the commissioners I have talked to have been very cooperative, mostly because they themselves wanted more clarity on what really happened.)

In March, I asked the following questions of …

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Dustin Gawrylow