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Emmet County Supervisors approve $12.2M budget for 2014-15

March 14, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday held a public hearing and approved a total 2014-15 budget of $12,212,570.

The budget includes a $3.75 general basic levey, an increase of $13,243 and general supplemental askings of $471,529 - an increase of $545.

Also included are three deputies in rural services. and 2 percent raises for the county attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff and treasurer - half of the Comp Board's 4 percent recommendation.

Also included is $180,000 for public health and $170,000 for conservation. The rural services levy remains the same at 3.33206 - for an $11,014 increase.

There is a 2.351 percent increase in tax askings from the current year with a total levy increase of 1.366 percent. Total taxes levied on property are $4,515,177.

In other business Tuesday, the board had a question from Dennis Devary who said he's charged 40 percent of the drainage charges in DD 73. He asked how the charges were based.

Board chair Alan Madden said right how charged were based more on acres owned than benefit. If there was a reclassification, Madden said charges would be shifted toward the benefit.

Devary took issue with how soil types - a determining factor in drainage fees - were gathered.

Madden said Devary could protest collection of soil types. Madden also told Devary that if the board learned more about the situation it would let him know.

In other business, the board rescinded the DD 212 assessment and approved claims and drainage. The board also approved reappointmenting Elaine Quastad to the zoning board.

Madden noted that he had asked Nicole Fox in the Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Local Systems about a deadline for replacing the county engineer and that Fox said the county needed to show progress.

Supervisor Tim Schumacher and Madden met with Palo Alto supervisors Ed Noonan and Linus Solberg later Tuesday morning about sharing an engineer.

In the road report, assistant to the engineer Dan Burton said crews had been out last Saturday blading roads.

"I can't give the guys praise enough for what they've done," noted foreman Rich Blinkmann

Madden agreed, saying crews have used good judgment in timing when to remove slush.

"Those kind of things I take as big deals," said Madden. "They've got to make some judgment calls of their own."

The board also approved an application for MAP 21 funding for N26. They also approved a 28E agreement with County Social Services.



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