OOctober 30 message
Good Morning: I hope you have had a good week. I think we can all agree that it can stop raining anytime. This morning I was visiting with Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley. Mark indicates that the month of October will go into the records for many communities in our region, including Marshall, Redwood Falls, Montevideo and Willmar where six or seven or more inches of rain fell in the month. Mark indicates that historical records show that you would need to go back to 1915 or 1919 to find a similar year. On a more positive note, Mark is predicting a string of dry and warm days beginning on Tuesday of next week.
A few other things to share this week:
Budgets: All of our counties have now acted on their preliminary 2010 budgets. These budgets will now go through the public hearing process before final adoption in December. It is possible that the budgets could change prior to the final budget adoption. As we all know this is a difficult budget year for counties as they deal with the unallottment, recalculation of County Program aid and try to limit property tax increases. The 2009 budgets for the eight counties in our region totaled 922,037 dollars. The 2010 preliminary budgets for the eight counties totals $915,630 which represents a seven tenths of one percent reduction. Where reductions were made, the reductions were consistent with the discussion and direction given at the County Extension Committee meetings. If you have individual county budget questions, please give me a call.
My Schedule: My schedule has changed a bit in the last week as my son had a setback, which required me to use another day of family medical leave. I would expect that I may have more changes in the next few weeks. My Outlook calendar is current, so feel free to view and schedule as needed.