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DOT error in county's favor - collect $7 million

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Larry Clark, county engineer, pointed out to the Cherokee County Board of supervisors a typographical error in the Iowa Department of Transportation Farm to Market Road Fund quarterly statement.

At least he thinks it's a typographical error, showing the county is receiving over $7 million more than expected.

"If this is true, I take back every bad thing I've said about the DOT," Clark said.

The county was expecting about $223,000 in quarterly road use funds but received an extra $7,144,000, according to the quarterly statement. The county had been given credit of $860,000 for past projects.

With this deducted, the statement shows a cash balance of $6.5 million.

Although Clark and the supervisors joked about what they could do with the extra money, no one expects that the county will actually be able to keep it.

"I guess I will contact the DOT about this. I just want to live big on it for a week," Clark said.


The supervisors approved a request from Aurelia for financial support for the planned Aurelia Community Center.

The supervisors will give $10,000 in the present fiscal year and $10,000 from the next fiscal year for the project. The contribution will come from the community betterment fund.

This fund is supported from one quarter of the revenue from the county's portion of the one cent local option sales tax. The remainder goes toward property tax relief.

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