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Tama Co. Supervisors approve $27 million 2019-20 spending

June 30, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Spending totaling $44 short of $27 million, matching the budgeted amounts set earlier, was formally approved in appropriations for the 2019-20 fiscal year by the Tama County Board of Supervisors on Monday, June 24.

For the current fiscal year ending June 30 spending amount limits totaled $24 million after a series of three amendments.

In April, supervisors allowed for a boost of $1 million for a down payment on the new emergency radio system. Also, a total of $195,435 was added in the Public Safety and Legal Services operating budget to account for this amount received in grant funding which is not determined or available when the initial budget is prepared.

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Tama County Board of Supervisors (l-r) 1st District Chair Larry Vest, Dinsdale, 2nd District Kendall Jordan, Toledo and 3rd District Dan Anderson, rural Tama.
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In addition, in late April, the budget was hiked $200,000 in spending of local option sales tax money to pay for gravel and contract hauling for rural roads due to continuing extremely wet conditions which were affecting road surfaces.

For the coming fiscal year the largest hike was in the non-departmental category which saw a boost to $3.9 million from the current $647,000. This amount was allowed for expected bond payments for the radio system as the work on it continues.

The current spending amount does not necessarily reflect the budgeted amounts were spent by all departments Tama County Auditor Laura Kopsa said Tuesday.

By Division

Fiscal year 2019-20 appropriations include (original 2018-19 amounts in parenthesis): board of supervisors $1,195,967 ($1,114,341); auditor $431,528 ($386,409); treasurer $481,877 ($465,366); attorney $458,049 ($460,366); sheriff $2,629,748 ($2,621,164); substance abuse $22,800 (same); recorder $244,738 ($230,079); human resources $81,176 ($71,329); zoning $10,164 ($10,013); road clearance $546,811 ($545.045); engineer $11,924,540 ($11,084,431); veterans affairs $101,771 ($105,277); conservation $1,026,047 ($895,915); local health / nurses $1,418,738 ($1,397,503); weed control $11,586 ($11,439); relief / social programs $62,259 ($67,265).

And, human services $5,500 ($7,500); medical examiner $62,227 ($56,587); correctional services $80,000 (same); court services $83,500 ($81,500); libraries $64,065 (same); Historical Society grant $12,265 ($12,265); 4-H Fair grant $22,500 ($22,500); other social services $5,000 (same); bee hive inspection $200 (same); township officers $3,605 ($4,105); insurance and bonds $352,207 ($335,437); policy and administration $41,500 ($43,500); ambulance $24,350 (same); general services $432,839 ($433,605); data processing $223,327 ($169,077); mental health $911,106 ($974,856); county farm $35,000 (same) non-departments $3,992,606 ($647,214.)

Unused Funds

Supervisors authorized requests to earmark funds from current fiscal year budgets for: public health and home care- $18,000 for car or electronic verification system; conservation- $65,000 to land acquisition and development and $32,000 for motor vehicle; general supplemental fund- $32,000 to voting equipment fund for future election equipment purchase; general fund to capital projects fund for courthouse tuckpointing; maintenance budget- $15,000 for future vehicle purchase.

In other business the supervisors:

a report from County Engineer Lyle Brehm told of concerns his department had received about a bridge on County Road V37 spanning Wolf Creek which is posted at a 15 ton wight limit. The road is on the Tama - Benton county line extending from Dysart north to the Black Hawk county line.It has been reported "many heavy trucks using the bridge, even more with construction taking place on Iowa (Highway) 21." Brehm's report went on to state the road department is not authorized to enforce the limitation. It said the Tama County sheriff's Office was patrolling the area and is authorized to enforce the limit. In addition, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement is aware of the weight limitation. Plans are being made by Benton County to replace the bridge with one which is stronger and wider than the existing bridge next year.

approved reappointments of Nancy Carlson, rural Tama, and Russell Petersen, Garwin, to five-year terms on the Zoning Commission; Darrell Neidermann, Toledo, and Dennis Steinmetz, Traer, to three-year terms on the Veterans Affairs Commission.

approved reassignment of Tama county tax sale deed for 508 Beautiful Street, Tama, to the City of Tama. Plans are to remove the existing house on property offer he residential lot for sale the supervisors learned.

*approved utility permits for boring under Business Highway 30 on Tama's east side for communications to new facility being built north of the highway; and in Grant township on G Avenue near Reinbeck, Spring Creek Township on C Avenue near Gladbrook and Indian Village township on 285th Street near Montour.



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