Board to get sequestration update

WashCo_logoPossible impacts of federal sequestration on Washington County will be outlined by county staff to the Board of Commissioners Tuesday

County Administrator Molly O’Rourke will discuss how sequestration might affect some county programs. O’Rourke told commissioners earlier this week that county officials believe the SNAP and WIC programs could be immediately affected by sequestration.

However, O’Rourke also told the board county staff might know more Tuesday about how this latest federal budget action affects the county if it goes into effect today.

Commissioners will also receive an update on the current state legislative session from John Kaul, the county’s legislative liaison.

Also on the board’s agenda is an undate from Property Records and Taxpayer Services Director Jennifer Wagenius on electronic recording of property records.
PRTS began recording real property documents from “trusted” submitters” last November, according to Wagenius.

“Since November, electronic document recording has grown dramatically and now makes up an average of 20 percent of all recorded documents,” Wagenius said in a memo to the board.

Wagenius said electronic documents must be submitted to her office by a trusted submitter approved by the Minnesota Electronic Real Estate Recording Commission under a memo of understanding with the county. County staff reviews all electronic documents before they are recorded and any fees and taxes are retrieved an automated collection system.

“Electronic recording substantially reduces processing time and improves service,” she said.

The board meets at 9 a.m. in the fifth-floor boardroom at the county Government Center in Stillwater. The meeting is open to the public.