Rice County Commissioners Approve University Extension Contract
The Rice County Board of Commissioners today approved a three year extension of an agreement between the University of Minnesota and the county to provide Extension programs.
County Property Tax and Elections Director Denise Anderson presented the agreement to the County Board in the Commissioner's Room of the Rice County Government Services Building in Faribault.
The contract calls for a 2.25% price increase in 2022 and 2023 and a 2.5% increase in 2024.
The totals to be paid by Rice County for Extension employees are $188,703 for 2022, $192,950 for 2023 and $197,774 for 2024. This is for 2.40 full time equivalent positions. The number includes salary and benefits.
The County provides local support in the form of support staff, office space, office furnishings, telephone, computer, software, internet service, storage space and general office supplies.
The University will bill Rice County on a quarterly basis and the County is required to submit payment within 35 days of receipt of the bill. Payment to be made in four quarterly installments.
Anderson told the County Board the Minnesota Association of Counties negotiated the contract percentages for all counties in the state.
In other action Commissioners passed a Parks and Facilities Department request to go out for requests for proposals for construction management for the Jail/LEC and design services for the downtown Faribault block owned by Rice County.
Commissioner Galen Malecha cast the lone no vote on the Jail/LEC RFP. The downtown block RFP passed unaimously.
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