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Supervisors adopt FY21 budget

Board approves 2 percent raise for elected officials, department heads

Jasper County Supervisor Doug Cupples looks through documents during a board meeting Tuesday morning inside the courthouse. The Jasper County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2021 budget as proposed.
Jasper County Supervisor Doug Cupples looks through documents during a board meeting Tuesday morning inside the courthouse. The Jasper County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2021 budget as proposed.

The proposed fiscal year 2021 budget was officially adopted Tuesday morning by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors.

The fiscal year goes into effect July 1.

According to agenda documents, the county’s total revenues and other sources are projected at $36,447,191 for fiscal year 2021. Subtotal expenditures for fiscal year 2021 is set at $31,226,619, which is down slightly from last year’s budget of more than $32 million.

Much of the operating expenditures are devoted to roads and transportation, which is set at more than $8.1 million. Public safety and legal services are budgeted for more than $7.6 million, followed by capital projects and administration in the $3 million ranges.

Supervisors opened a public hearing to discuss the budget. Any resident or taxpayer who phoned in on the meeting or made an indication on the Zoom conference call could have presented objections to or arguments in favor of any part of the proposed budget.

However, there were no comments from citizens.

Denny Carpenter, vice-chair of the Jasper County Board of Supervisors, clarified the county is taxing for $16,500,248 — a roughly 1.9 percent increase from last year’s taxes levied on properties.

Two weeks ago, the supervisors lowered the fiscal year 2021 tax levies for both urban and rural citizens. The general tax levy rate is set at $7.84 per $1,000 of taxable property value, and the rural rate is set at $10.44 per $1,000.

By the end of last year, the Jasper County Compensation Board recommended elected officials — including the county attorney, auditor, recorder, sheriff, treasurer and supervisors — receive a 3-percent increase to their salaries.

The compensation board meets every year to discuss salary recommendations. The supervisors motioned to, instead, increase salaries by 2 percent for all elected officials, excluding themselves.

Jasper County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved this action. Again, the board exempted itself from the raises, which it has become a trend for the past few years now.

Supervisors also decided to increase department head, non-department head and hourly non-bargaining salaries by the same percentage for fiscal year 2021.

In other action Tuesday, the board of supervisors:

• Tabled a public hearing for rezoning of a county lot and rejected all bids for a PCC overlay project on Diamond Trail/F-62. Jasper County only received one bid and it was approximately 25 percent higher than its initial cost estimate. Russ recommended bids be rejected at this time and relet the project by fall.

• Approved the Iowa Department of Transportation fiscal year 2021 budget and five-year program. Jasper County Engineer Russ Stutt said it is the same budget that had already been adopted by the supervisors, but this particular item needed board approval, too, in order for it to be submitted to the IDOT.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 6560 or cbraunschweig@newtondailynews.com

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