Monroe County Courthouse

The beautifully restored exterior of the courthouse.

The Monroe County Board of Supervisors accepted the proposed property tax levy breakdown beginning July 1, 2020 from Auditor Amanda Harlan for General Services and Rural Services to be placed in the budget.

The amount requested for General Services will drop two percent from $3.517 million to $3.451 million (a decline of $66,275). The reason for the decline is due to decreases in employee benefit costs (health insurance) and decreased conservation equipment costs.

The Rural Services request will go up about four percent from $1.5 million to $1.565 million (an increase of $64,737). The increase is due to the need to replenish cash reserves from the prior budget year’s partial depletion of cash reserves from increased costs for the zoning department, the addition of a deputy to the sheriff’s office and the increased transfer to the Secondary Roads Fund for equipment purchases.

Overall the county’s tax dollars request for all county set levies in the proposed budget decreased $8,227.

“I think we’ve done a good job with our tax askings,” said Supervisor Chairman John Hughes.

The date for the Monroe County budget hearing was set for Feb. 18.

The board also approved a 28E agreement between the county and Shooting and Trap Complex at Lake Miami Park and the Albia Community High School Clay Target Program. The agreement covers the relationship between the Monroe County Conservation Board and the shooting complex, improvements to the real estate, specific responsibilities of both entities, private fund-raising, the filing of an annual report with the Conservation board, cooperation in seeking grants or other government assistance and liability insurance.

Basically the Shooting Complex will manage the day to day operations of the facility and the Conservation Board will do ground maintenance. The Shooting Complex will also manage its own fund-raising and its private funds need not be disclosed. The Shooting Complex will have no power to impose any tax on the people of Monroe County, but will be responsible for establishing policy goals and criteria for funds raised through grants, memorials, donations, trusts, etc.

The agreement also stipulates the Shooting Complex will not have the power to acquire real estate.

Supervisors approved depositories and the maximum amounts to be deposited. First Iowa State Bank and Peoples State Bank were named as depositories along with the IPAIT in Des Moines. The maximum balance for First Iowa State Bank includes: auditor, $15,000 and $2.5 million; recorder, $50,000; sheriff, $500,000; treasurer, $15 million.

The maximum balance for Peoples State Bank includes: auditor, $3.25 million; sheriff, $50,000; treasurer, $10 million.

IPAIT (a state depository for counties) was set at $5 million for the treasurer.

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