Registration now open for Hennepin County Citizens Academy

Has anyone ever wondered how county taxes are assessed, and where your tax money goes? Would anyone like to learn what goes into plowing county roads every winter?

The Hennepin County Citizens Academy helps residents better understand the scope of county government by giving attendees the chance to interact face-to-face with county leaders and elected officials, including the commissioners, county administrator, sheriff, county attorney and department directors. Behind-the-scenes tours also give residents the chance to see their county government in action.

Sessions will take place weekly at facilities throughout the county on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 3 through May 15. Each session will cover a variety of topics, including:

• Developing the county budget

• The elections process

• Transportation and road safety

• Human services and public health

• The county’s role in public safety

• Hennepin County Medical Center

• Environmental services

• Transit and economic development


Register online if interested in attending. There are 50 seats available that will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If anyone is unable to attend, but would like to learn more about the county, information from previous sessions of the Citizens Academy is available online.