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County OKs road use tax resolution

January 17, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a resolution calling for bolstering the state road use tax fund to repair state roads.

The resolution, drafted by the Iowa State Association of County Supervisors, notes that while the fuel tax has not increased since 1989, maintenance and construction costs have more than doubled. Other factors noted in the resolution are:

n Over 20 percent of travel done in Iowa is by out-of-state drivers while only 13 percent of state road use revenues come from out-of-state drivers.

n Several Iowa counties have issued almost $100 in bonds to pay for their most critical maintenance needs, which will have to be paid with taxes.

Resolution 14-03 calls for increasing the fuel tax by 10 cents for three years, raising $184 million to $230 million. Fees for new registrations would go from 5 to 6 percent, raising $50 million. A third funding leg calls for allocating new funding to the TIME-21 Fund to the cap of $225 million with the remaining new funding distributed according to the Road Use Tax fund distribution formula.

In other business, the board approved business property tax credit applications with one exception as recommended by the assessor.

The board also approved reappointing Dar Lewis as zoning director. Zoning Board member appointments approved were Robert Schacherer, Deb Tietje and Doug Welbig. The board also approved the appointment of Larry Kelly to the Board of Adjustment.

The board approved a public hearing for Jan. 28 for the Old Oaks West Subdivision along Tuttle Lake.

The board approved claims and the treasurer's semi-annual report.

County engineer Roger Patocka said crews had been sanding, blading and doing sign and building repair.

The board also approved the board chair signing the tabulation of assurance and verification testing costs for the Riverview bridge by Graves Construction Co., Inc.

The board approved reappointed Everett Schrim as veteran's affairs commissioner.

The board also heard the 2013 audit report from Arvin Druvenga and David Schmidt of Winther, Stave & Company. Druvenga said the report received an unmodified opinion - the highest possible.



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