The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors held its annual Budget Day on Tuesday. The Board met with various Cherokee County Department heads to go over their budgets and get a better understanding of the overall county budget.
The Board has been facing a tough task this year. The 10 percent cuts from last year's Iowa State Budget, brought forth by then-Iowa Governor Chet Culver, have finally come home to roost. In addition, the current Iowa Governor, Terry Branstad, recently stated that he may cut an additional 14 percent from the Iowa 2011/2012 budget.
When asked what their goal is in planning this year's county budget, Supervisor Terry Graybill stated, "We're going to hold on to every penny until we know what the state budget is."
Instead of forcing departments to cut their budgets unilaterally, the Board has been going over each department's budget, line item --by- line item, with the department heads to meticulously determine what can be cut.
The Board was also making sure that each department doesn't go without essential items that keep the department functioning at top efficiency.
Some of the line items that went under the looking glass included wages, overtime, equipment, postal rates, traveling expenses and employee benefits.
These items all will see the normal increases and the Board will have to deal with those issues accordingly.
In other business, the Board approved a wage authorization for a new hire in the Cherokee County Treasurer's Office. Jacob Roswell was hired for a part-time position clerking at the office. The Board approved an hourly rate of $9.
Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan informed the Board that the Washta Bridge project was approved for a special bridge funding agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The agreement allows up to 2 million in federal funds for the project.