The budget will require tax rates of a total rural rate of $7.73 per $1,000 of valuation, while total countywide will pay $4.33 per $1,000 taxable valuations. There was 3.5 decrease per thousand of valuation, which amounted in a 74-cent tax over all reduction of property taxes.
Of the total county expenditures, four percent ($508,513) of the county budget was allocated for Government Services to residents, 13 percent ($1,682,109) for Administration, 16 percent ($1,97,088) for Public Safety & Legal Services, three percent ($363,062) for Physical Health & Social Services, 13 percent ($1,615,906) for Mental Health, six percent ($754,971) for County Environment & Education, 32 percent ($4,074,950) for Roads & Transportation, and 13 percent ($1,560,000) for Secondary Road Projects.
Prior to passing the County Budget the Board approved the recommendations of the Cherokee County Compensation Board. The Compensation Board recommended the following:
County Attorney wage to be $86,500, an increase of $2,250
County Auditor wage to be $49,750, an increase of $1,500
County Recorder wage to be $49,750, an increase of $1,500
County Sheriff wage to be $63,000, an increase of $1,750
County Treasurer wage to be $49,750, an increase of $1,750
Cherokee Board of Supervisors wage, per Supervisor, to be $21,500 (with a stipend of $1,000 for the Board Chairman), an increase of $0.
Supervisor Jeff Simonsen stated that this was his twentieth budget that he has worked and it was the easiest budget he had ever completed. He commended all the elected officials and County Auditor Kris Glinke for all their hard work.
In other business the Board heard from Cherokee County Human Resources Director who brought a final employee payout to be approved by the Board. That payout was for Natalie Meyer of the Auditor's Office in the amount of $3,249. The Board approved the payout.
Supervisor Mark Leeds also presents a short update on the Cherokee County Landfill. He stated that the Landfill is looking at several options be more profitable including a proposed rate increase for adjacent counties and the possibility of selling or renting the Cherokee County Landfill Pellet Operation plant and equipment. Leeds said that the Landfill Commission is currently crunching the numbers to see what is more feasible for the future.
The Board then tabled a Community Development Block Grant contract that was on the agenda.