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MANKATO — Blue Earth County will combine its taxpayer services and environmental services departments moving forward.

County officials decided to form the new property and environmental resources department after some staff changes last year because both departments work closely with each other.

The new department will be split into three divisions. Property and land will deal with zoning, water management, land valuation and other related issues. The services and records division will deal with elections, passports, taxation and real estate issues among other things. The waste and recycling division will address waste and recycling issues.

Taxpayer Services Director Michael Stalberger will head up the new department.

The department is housed inside the Historic Courthouse during the ongoing government center construction and renovation project. To contact the department, call 507-304-4251 or 507-304-4381.