County Board actions: Health respite for homeless, assessor reappointment

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County board actions

Votes include health respite program for homeless, county assessor reappointment.

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Care program for homeless part of national research

The County Board voted to approve an agreement to work collaboratively with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Hennepin County’s program providing medical care to people experiencing homelessness was one of only six chosen to help evaluate the council’s model for providing a set of services for individuals experiencing homelessness who are being discharged from the hospital to shelters. The council provided $174,079 to fund the work. This is the second year Hennepin County has received this funding. The county’s Health Care for the Homeless respite program provides a 24/7 shelter bed and care for people lacking stable housing who have been hospitalized for major health problems. 

Learn more about the agreement with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.

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County Assessor James Atchison appointed for a third term

The board voted to reappoint James Atchison as Hennepin County Assessor, extending his term through December 31, 2020. 

Atchison began his tenure at Hennepin County in 1992 as a commercial appraiser, and was appointed county assessor in 2009. The county assessor’s job is to appraise the value of and classify all of the property in the county to determine if property is taxable or exempt. 

The work done by the Assessor's Office helps to determine the real estate tax to be paid on each parcel in the county. 

Read more about James Atchison’s reappointment as assessor.

Incumbent reappointed to Nine Mile Creek board; volunteers needed

The board voted to reappoint Steve Kloiber to the Nine Mile Creek Board of Managers. There was only one candidate for two openings; additional volunteers are encouraged to come forward. 

Learn more about the Nine Mile Creek Board of Managers.

Important dates: 2017 budget

The board will decide on the 2017 budget and tax levy at 1:30 p.m. on December 13. Residents still have several opportunities to offer feedback. Unless otherwise noted, the hearings are held on the 24th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis. Hearings and other important dates include: 

Capital Budgeting Task Force and fees

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9 a.m. – noon

Truth-in-Taxation public meeting

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 6 p.m. Participants can park for free after 5 p.m. in the Government Center ramp. Enter on 3rd Avenue.

Administrator amendments

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, during Budget and Capital Investment Committee meeting

Commissioner amendments

Monday, December 12, 2016, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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