A roll back on the valuation of residential properties in Cherokee County is good news for homeowners but bad news for county government, still struggling with the effects of a 23 percent decrease in ag valuations two years ago.
The change in the roll back will bring the taxable valuation to about 46 percent (45.996 percent) of assessed valuation of property, down from the present 48.458 percent. An owner of a house that has an assessed value of $100,000, meaning the county assessor's office estimates a market value of $100,000 for the property, will pay tax on $45,996 of this value (not taking into account applicable homestead and military exemptions).
The change represents a loss of slightly less than 5.1 percent of taxable valuation. However, the county will get some new money from residential property tax, since the state has approved an across the board increase in valuation on residential property by 9 percent. There was an increase in the valuation of ag land by 10 percent.
Commercial property had a minor decline in the taxable valuation, going from 99.257 percent of assessed valuation to 99.1509 percent.
Bonnie Ebel, Cherokee County auditor, announced the order from the Iowa Department of Revenue at the Tuesday meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors.
In other business, the supervisors heard a request from Kim Rupp and Kayla Knight for making the block where the courthouse and law enforcement center are located a smoke free campus.
Smoking inside the buildings is already prohibited, The request is to eliminate smoking anywhere on the grounds as well.
Rupp said the problem of smoke in the air is particularly a problem at the entrance closest to the public health nurse office.
Grant money is available to pay for signs.
The supervisors will consider action on the request at a later meeting.
Representatives of the Jackson Recovery Center presented a report on activities for 2004 in Cherokee County.
The Sioux City based alcohol and drug abuse treatment facility has five satellite offices, including one in Cherokee.
There were 77 new cases in 2004, 54 males and 23 females. Alcohol was listed as the primary drug of choice by 43 of those treated.
The supervisors approved the hiring of Pearl Henke at the communications center. The supervisors accepted the resignation of Leo Klotz from the compensation board.