By Jim Magdefrau
VINTON – The Benton County Board of Supervisors prepared an amendment to this year’s budget at the meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the service center in Vinton.
The board took budget amendment requests from various offices, including transportation, maintenance, IT/GIS, sheriff, conservation, Human Resources and American Rescue Plan (ARP) spending authority. Auditor Hayley Rippel listed some of the things the amendment will help pay for, including training, software, tools and work on buses. Conservation is working on internet access, a shower house and shower house upgrades, trail access, and a restaurant facility at Rodgers Park.
A hearing is planned Tuesday, Oct. 5.
A pay raise was approved for Kelly Roy, senior communication specialist with the sheriff’s office. His new wage is $23.21 per hour.
A proclamation was approved for National Voter Registration Month (September) and Day (Sept. 28).
Taxes were abated on Iowa Department of Transportation parcels., according to Iowa Code 427.2.
Scott Hansen and Steve Meyer presented the Emergency Management Agency Commission. They thanked the supervisors for additional funding.
Vinton City Administrator Chris Ward requested tax exemptions for two city-owned parcels in Vinton.
An update was given on Mental Health/Disabled Services by Mae Hingtgen of the East Central Region. She explained changes in funding between the local taxes and state. There is a concern that if the region has a certain amount of money leftover at the end of the fiscal year, local revenues raised will go to the state. The region is funded by state and local funds.
She added the regional board is prioritizing childhood and crisis services. She also talked about Benton County’s rural access hub, and they are working on policies and procedures. She feels Benton County is a leader in the region for rural access. She stressed people need to understand that it’s OK to need help.
The board acknowledged the resignation of Ben Vierling, secondary roads. They also acknowledged the retirement of Larry Cherveny in secondary roads.
The board also looked at ways to fund the Watershed Management Authority, of which Benton County is the fiscal agent.