NEW ULM - An insurance office manager for 25 years, Scott Windschitl of New Ulm is running unopposed for the Brown County board District 3 seat.
Previously elected to fill out the term of a county board member who resigned in 2010, Windschitl filed for re-election in May because he said he enjoys the job and has found learning about how Brown County operates to be a valuable experience.
Windschitl said roads, ditch repairs and budgets are primary county board issues.
"We've got more cars on roads these days, but with cars getting higher gas mileage, 30 to 40 miles per gallon now, compared to 20 miles per gallon or less a few years ago, we get less and less gas tax money," Windschitl said.
Repairing old ditches is another concern he sees becoming more and more of an issue.
"Brown County has lots of old ditch and tile systems. Some date back to the 1910s and 1920s," Windschitl said. "Many tile systems are collapsing as they age. Watersheds are changing too."
On budget cutting, he thanked Brown County board members and department heads for their innovation in finding ways to make do with less, enabling Brown County commissioners to seek only a 1.8 percent budget hike for 2013.
"Without all their help, it would have been impossible with the situation we have with declining state aid and increasing costs, especially for roads and road maintenance," Windschitl said.
With a bachelor's degree in business management, Windschitl has a wide variety of work experience. He has retail management experience, was a 1st Assistant Chief of the New Ulm Fire Department, worked as a jailer-dispatcher and enforcement officer, Windschitl served on the Lafayette City Council for eight years.
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