Emmet County tax askings up 1.61 percent
The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a $58,269 increase in tax askings for the 2008-09 budget, up 1.61 percent from the current year.
Tax askings will go from $3,637,064 to $3,695,333. The general basic levy of $3.85 will remain the same as last year, for an increase of $30,554.
General supplemental askings will be $675,747, an increase of $492. The mental health levy will be at the maximum of $820,900, the same as last year.
The budget calls for raises of 3.5 percent.
In other business Tuesday, the supervisors heard a request from Corinda Walker and Jim Thompson of the Iowa Department of Human Services for repairs to the DHS building which the county leases.
Among the items Walker and Thompson requested were light fixtures and coverings, handicap access items, front-door wheelchair access, and a panic lever at the front door.
“But the panic door is a comfort, not a convenience,” said Supervisor Jim Jenson.
Thompson said he had sent a letter to the building landlord regarding the items but had received no response.
The board suggested that Thompson write to the landlord again, noting that Thompson had met with the supervisors on the issue.
Michele Schaefers of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) met with the board on drainage issues and on filter strips along drainage ditches.
The board and Schaefers discussed at length a drainage problem along Highway 4 south of Estherville. The problem area causes water to stand in the area of Servpro.
Schaefers said she hoped to resolve the problem by diverting water to the east.
Schaefers also asked the board whether the county required grass buffer strips along drainage ditches.
Board Chair Alan Madden said the board had encouraged landowners to put in grass strips.
Schaefers reviewed the NRCS buffer strip incentive program which helps ensure water quality and protects ditches from future siltation.
“For what it costs doing these cleanouts, I’m not against having an ordinance,” said Supervisor Randy Beaver.
In other business, County Engineer Roger Patocka reviewed the department budget and five-year plan which the board approved.
The board appointed Sonja Fagre to the Civil Service Commission.
Also approved was an agreement that a minimum of $25 should be charged for selling real estate information in the form of Shape files.