Drug prevention program coming to Isanti County

A new program designed to prevent drug use and relapse is coming to Isanti County in 2013.

Probation Director Tim MacMillan presented on the Positive Change Program during the Dec. 19 Isanti County Board meeting.

The program is designed for court-ordered juvenile probationers, MacMillan said.

Each two-hour class administered by instructor Charity Allen will include facts on drugs; consequences of use, including legal, mental/emotional, physical, family and relationships; information on driving under the influence; relapse prevention, including what leads to relapse, triggers and coping tools; and a family component that will discuss enabling and family roles and the dynamics in a chemically abusive home.

“We do think that’s important, that parents not only have an opportunity to ask questions if they’re concerned about their youth’s chemical dependency, but also hear some of the information that Ms. Allen can share with them about chemical dependency,” MacMillan said.

The class is $150 and will be paid for by participants of the class with a $25 fee.

MacMillan said at least six referrals must register for the class or it will be cancelled.

The classes will be held at Braham High School and scheduled depending on when enough people register.

“It sounds like a good program,” Commissioner George Larson said.

Final budget and levy approved

The board also approved the final 2013 budget and levy as presented in the Truth in Taxation hearing Dec. 5.

The final budget is set at about $35.3 million, with the property tax levy at $15.5 million.

This reflects a 0 percent change from the 2012 levy, with the budget down 3 percent.

The Green Lake Improvement District has voted not to levy property taxes or adopt a special assessment on properties within the district for taxes payable in 2013.

The Long Lake Improvement District has voted to approve special assessments of $75 per property owner, estimated to raise $16,725 in revenue to fund the district’s operations.

The Fannie Lake Improvement District has voted to approve special assessments of $250 per property owner, estimated to raise $21,750 in revenue to fund the district’s operations.

In other action, the board:

• Accepted the resignation/retirement of Deputy Brian Johnson effective Jan. 14 and approved the request to fill the position of deputy sheriff.

• Approved the request from John Newstrom with County Line Restaurant and Bar for an on/off sale and Sunday liquor license and the request by the Rum River VFW for an exempt permit for pull tabs at the County Line Restaurant and Bar.

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