Proposed Human Services Merger Voted Down


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AUSTIN, MN — One local county is stepping out of a plan to merge the Human Services Departments of several counties.

The Mower County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today not to move forward with a merger with Steele, Dodge and Waseca counties.

The board had been discussing the feasibility of such a plan for the last few years.

In the end, county leaders say unanswered questions and costs were too much.

“Without the cost savings and with all the unknowns there is just no way I could see any reason to proceed,” Mower County Commissioner Jerry Reinartz said. “It was, to me, like throwing money away and it’s tax payers money so you aren’t going to do that.”

Moving on with the plan would have cost the county upwards of one million dollars.

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