Letter to the Editor: Disappointed in Sen. Dornink’s vote on bonding bill

Published 6:15 pm Tuesday, March 21, 2023

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Dear Editor,

I am incredibly disappointed in my senator, Gene Dornink, for refusing to put the needs of his constituents first by voting “no” on a bonding bill Thursday.

Not only did he vote against a bill that would have helped our community, he voted against a bill that had the support of fellow Republican, Rep. Patricia Mueller.

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We’ve been asking for help for years on this project, and now we’re at risk again of losing funding. Sen. Dornink has said we need tax relief first. I want that too, but that won’t matter when my sewer fees are increasing by 15% this year, 10% in 2024, and 7% in 2025 and 2026.

For years, we have been asking for funding for our new wastewater treatment plant, and now the $14 million in state funding is at risk. We can’t do it alone, and we need the state’s help.

I want to thank Rep. Mueller and Mayor King for the work they’ve done to help Austin. I just wish Sen. Dornink would also represent his community instead of taking orders from St. Paul.


Rob Spence

Austin, MN