Legislative Priorities

Issues of Importance for Washington County


Counties remain highly dependent on property taxes to finance state-mandated programs. This reliance is especially significant in the health and human services and public safety / criminal justice areas. The Washington County Board of Commissioners urges the state to examine how local government services should be funded, including diversifying the funding sources available to local government. Growth in state aid to local governments should be linked to growth in state mandates.

For more information, view the 2016 Legislative Priorities.

A brochure explaining those legislative priorities is also available.

For more information on Minnesota Inter-County Association legislative positions, view their position paper.

For more information on the Association of Minnesota Counties legislative positions, view their position paper.