About Dakota County

Dakota County is the third largest county in Minnesota and home to 408,000 residents.

Our recent successes:

  • Largest county property tax cut in Minnesota for 2014
  • 88% citizen approval of the job the county board is doing
  • 100% election accuracy in 2010 and 2012
  • Launched Sleep On It campaign to save babies’ lives
  • Broke the cycle of repeat offenders with the Re-Entry Assistance Program
  • Cut the 7-12% increases in health care premiums to zero, saving $1.8 million per year
  • Launched Red Line Bus Rapid Transit service
  • Maintained Aaa bond rating, saving $350,000 per year

Dakota County provides over 300 programs and services to county residents, including:

    • Record Keeping
      • Property records
      • Births, deaths, and marriages
      • Tax collections
    • Emergency Services
      • 911
      • Disaster Response
    • Public Safety
      • Sheriff
      • Jails and corrections
    • Public Health
      • Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles
      • Disease prevention and Immunizations
    • Elections
    • Transportation
      • Road and bridge maintenance
      • Ice and Snow Removal
  • Human Services
    • Child Support collection
    • Job search and retraining
    • Emergency assistance
    • Food support, child care
    • Veteran Services
    • Senior housing facilities through the Dakota County CDA
  • 9 county libraries
  • 5,500 acre regional park system
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