The Chisago County Board of Commissioners elected Ben Montzka of Stacy as board vice chair at its annual organizational meeting on January 3. As part of the duties as vice chair, Montzka will chair the board’s monthly health and human services committee meetings during 2012. “I am looking forward to working with the board to set fair and equitable policies for the provision of important county services during this difficult economic period,” Montzka said. The new county board chair for 2012 is George McMahon. Chisago County recently approved keeping its local tax levy at the same level that it has remained since 2009. The board has worked hard to continue to provide excellent local services in the face of significant funding cuts from the state and federal governments, he said. Montzka represents Wyoming, Stacy and Chisago City. Montzka can be reached at 651-462-4200 or bjmon.