Newsmakers: Kevin Anderson on 2024 Hennepin County Budget, Local Projects
Hennepin County’s budget for 2024 tops $2.68 billion.
“First off, it’s really big, right,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Kevin Anderson. “We have a lot of things that Hennepin County does for our residents and it’s complicated. We have funding sources from the state and federal level and while we’ve seen some funding sources from state and federal governments, it takes people to implement those things and that’s a big part of where the Hennepin County budget and gone into, to make sure we are putting staff in places that are goin to allow us to get things done for our residents.”
Anderson represents District 7, which includes Maple Grove, parts of Plymouth and western Hennepin County.
“One of the biggest increases has been our public works department,” said Anderson. “Our infrastructure projects are really important to me and to our residents in western Hennepin. We are seeing about $50 million in projects come through in western Hennepin alone, which is a huge increase from what it’s historically been and that’s in large part because we’ve gotten this additional money in infrastructure projects from the state and federal government.”
Anderson says one project that’s particularly exciting is the Fletcher bypass in Rogers.
Other projects will spark local attention because of the “Complete and Green Streets” policy that provides guidance on pedestrian improvements, sidewalks and possible roundabouts.
“I think having improvements to our infrastructure is something that impacts all of us,” said Anderson. “It impacts our business, impacts our quality of life and it really impacts our people.”
To read more about the Hennepin County Budget, click here.