The public hearing was held at 9:15 a.m. during the regular Supervisors meeting at the lower level of the Cherokee County Courthouse.
The budget will require tax rates of rural areas to pay $8 per thousand of valuation, while urban areas will pay $5 per thousand taxable valuation. There was no increase per thousand of valuation, which amounted in a 5-cent tax reduction. County-wide levies are $2,923,920, while rural only levies are $1,386,606
Of the total county expenditures, four percent ($331,489) of the county budget was allocated for Government Services, 12 percent ($1,414,551) for Administration, 15 percent ($1,625,982) for Public Safety & Legal Services, four percent ($349,549) for Physical Health & Social Services, 12 percent ($1,418,407) for Mental Health, six percent ($621,450) for County Environment & Education, 31 percent ($3,973,997) for Roads & Transportation, and 18 percent ($1,615,000) for Secondary Road Projects.
Other business on the Board's agenda was the adoption to Resolution #2009-6 to authorize the County Engineer to sign farm to market, federal or state aid projects. There was a previous plan in effect, but according to County Engineer Dave Shanahan it wasn't worded properly. The Board approved the changes.
Shanahan then presented the Board with a Utility Permit for Cherokee Rural Water for an underground water line in Diamond Township, for the Kent Ohlson Turkey Farm. The Permit was approved. The Board and Shanahan then discussed General Business, including the Secondary Road Projects Five Year Plan.
Shanahan suggested to the Board that some of the road project that are in the Five Year Plan be moved to a non-active file so the Board could re-evaluate cost for other projects in the plan to try to get expenses down to match what the county is currently bringing in.
The Board also heard from Cherokee County Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen and former Supervisor Ron Wetherell, who informed the Board that the City of Cherokee met with Jail Architect Rick Emswiler to incorporate the city's needs in the future designs of the new jail, if the County and City decide to continue having a joint law enforcement center.
The Board also entertained the notion of leasing the front part of the current law enforcement center to the City of Cherokee for the sum of $1 if the city and county decide not to have a new joint law enforcement center.
Emswiler will meet with the Board again in a few weeks from now and have new schematics of jail design for the Board to look over.