According to County Administrator Brandt Richardson, the county has cut nearly $31 million from its operating budget and eliminated 136 full-time staff positions since 2009, the Pioneer Press reported.
The Pioneer Press reports that the county's current $305.3 million budget maintains most of the county services and keeps the Cedar Avenue construction going. County commissioners are also keeping the property taxes flat at $129.4 million.
Richardson praises the flexibility of the 2012 budget proposal, saying that it allows for flexibility amid uncertainty about the economy and future state budgets, the Star Tribune reported.
According to the Pioneer Press, the county is planning a $76 million budget for capital projects and debt service next year but few capital projects in 2012.