The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors held its annual budget day on Tuesday. The Board got started an hour earlier from the normal start time of 9 a.m.
The main focus of the Board's agenda was meeting with various Cherokee County Department heads to go over the 2012/2013 proposed County Budget.
In the past couple of years, the Board has had to tighten its belts because of State budget cuts, along with making sure that each department doesn't go without essential items that keep the departments functioning at top efficiency.
Items such as wages, overtime, equipment, postal rates, traveling expenses and employee benefits went under the looking glass by the Board.
Among the departments that submitted their budget request on Tuesday were:
Lisa Langlitz with the Cherokee County Community Services and General Relief.
Lindsay Bressler with the Cherokee County GIS/Information Technology.
Kristi Petersen with the Cherokee County Human Resources and Personnel.
Ben Shuberg with the Cherokee County Environmental Health and EMS Management.
Chad Brown with the Cherokee County Conservation.
Dave Shanahan, Cherokee County Engineer and Weed Commissioner.
Dawn Jones Coombs, Cherokee County Recorder.
Dave Scott, Cherokee County Sheriff.
Ryan Kolpin, Cherokee County Attorney.
Hedgie Brandt, Cherokee County Treasurer.
Kris Glienke, Cherokee County Auditor.
The Cherokee County Libraries also addressed the Board on Tuesday and submited a funding request to the Board. The County Libraries of Cherokee, Marcus, Aurelia, Cleghorn, Washta and Quimby told the Board that they are facing a 25 percent cut in funding from the State and indicated that if they don't receive funding from the County it will be a tough road ahead.
The Libraries also request an additional $500 in start-up money for an E-Readership Program that would allow patrons to download books to portable electrical tablets.
Also submitting a funding request was Don Fiser of the Cherokee County EMS.
In other business, Cherokee County Attorney Ryan Kolpin requested the Board's approval to enter in to a collection agreement with O'Brien County. This would split the collection cost of the two counties and only pay one person for the job. The Board approved Kolpin's request.