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Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:40 pm

The county commissioners listened to preliminary budget requests on Tuesday morning from departments, organizations and businesses operating within Lake County that are asking for financial support in the county's 2020 budget.

Starting the budget session, Glenda Blom of the SDSU Extension Service reviewed a request for $89,148 to support Extension operations in 2020.

Blom specifically requested purchasing a new laptop computer and accessories for $1,248 to replace a 2012 desktop computer. She said her work would simplify if the office's computer was more mobile and the operator could move it to other buildings on the county fairgrounds.

Kimberly Raske, fiscal director for Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, requested $13,892 from Lake County to support ICAP programs such as Headstart and Early Headstart, 60s Plus Dining, and housing assistance efforts.

Nancy Sabbe, Madison Public Library director, requested $19,000 from the county's 2020 budget. Sabbe noted that during the last 12 months, the public library had expanded its programs for teenagers. She said the librarians wanted to provide "...a place for older kids to come (to)."

Bob Johnson, supervisor for the county's Weed & Pest Department, made an identical request for funding in the 2020 budget as the 2019 budget, amounting to $41,640. Johnson said he didn't expect any changes to the department's operations during the next year.

Tammy Miller, executive director of Madison Regional Health System, and Charlotte Charles, the hospital's acute-care director, presented a request for $40,000 in the 2020 budget to help fund the Madison hospital's ambulance service. The MRHS ambulance program received $20,000 in county support within the 2019 budget.

Miller pointed out that Lake County had decreased its support for the ambulance service by 20% each year during the last two budget years.

Along with on-call emergency services, the MRHS representatives noted that the ambulance crews attended events such as football games, tractor pulls and bull-riding competitions. Commissioner Deb Reinicke asked them if the ambulance-service personnel could provide a breakdown of the rural and city emergency calls that were attended to by the ambulance first-responders.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department asked that Lake County provide $2,631.26 to the state's Animal Damage Control Fund within the 2020 budget.

As part of the preliminary budget proposals, Bobbi Janke, Lake County auditor, calculated that county commissioners could budget in the contingency fund the same amount in 2020 as in 2019, providing $175,000.

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