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Supervisors set FY budget hearing

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the proposed 2012/2013 Fiscal Year budget for publication on Tuesday at their weekly meeting.

The official county newspapers are the Chronicle Times, Aurelia Star, and the Marcus News. Copies of the budget are also available at the Cherokee County Auditor's Office for the public.

The Board also set a public hearing for March 6 at 9 a.m. at the lower level of the Cherokee County Courthouse for the proposed 2012/2013 budget.

Total expenditures of the proposed budget is estimated at $12,535,599, and total revenue generated by Cherokee County is estimated to be $12,504,560.

In other business, Cherokee County Elections Deputy Jill Titcomb brought the special election results for the public measure held on Feb. 7 to be canvassed by the Board.

Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon failed to get a public measure approved by voters in its school district that states: Shall the Board of Directors of NICC in the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux be authorized to erect, equip, renovate and expand buildings for community college student learning purposes, including construction of new buildings, expansion and/or renovation of existing buildings and student support areas, upgrading mechanical and advance technology systems, contract indebtedness therefore, and issue its school bonds in an amount not exceeding $13,400,000 for those purposes?

The results from all counties involved were 3,278 yes votes (54.33 percent), 2,756 no votes (45.67 percent). The public measure needed a 60 percent majority to pass.

County-by-county breakdown is as follows: Cherokee County - 111 yes, 23 no; Lyon County - 484 yes, 471 no; O'Brien County - 1,448 yes 661 no; Osceola County - 225 yes, 191 no; and Sioux County - 1,010 yes, 1,410 no.

A closer look at Cherokee County (northwest tier portion only) shows that voter turnout was at 6.26 percent, 134 voter turned out of 2,141 registered voters.

In the Cleghorn Precinct there were 41 voters and three absentee voters. Marcus Precinct had 68 voters and 22 absentee voters.

The Board of Supervisors signed the election certificate and sent the results to the public measure's home county of Sioux County.

Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan was on the agenda to discuss contracts for two box culverts for Willow Township and Silver Township.

Last week the Board approved the contract but a delay in having the contract signed by the contractor, Gus Construction of Casey, Iowa, happened, so the contracts were tabled until next week.

Cherokee County Recorder Dawn Jones Coombs sought Board approval to authorize her to start advertising for a part-time clerk for her office. The Board approved her request.

In other business, Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District Chairman Jason Titcomb and Mike Henderson of the Natural Resources Conservation Service gave the Board an informational update regarding structural integrity of several dams along the Little Sioux River.

Many of these dams were built in the 1950's and 1960's and the pair is planning to have information meetings in the future regarding the life expectancy, repairs, tours and rehabilitation of these dams.

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