County officials set budget for coming fiscal year
The supervisors present unanimously approved the 2013 FY Clay County budget at the hearing Tuesday morning.
Total expenditures are budgeted at $16,220,864 for the coming fiscal year.
Ken Chalstrom was not present for the vote.
Clay County Auditor Marge Pitts complimented the board's efforts.
"You guys have worked very hard to keep things contained," Pitts said.
Net property tax is looking at a 5.6 percent increase - a total of $363,083 - with a 2 percent decrease - $4,720 - in credits to taxpayers from the state.
Taxable values increased by 2.9 percent, a dollar amount of $25,678,458, with an 11.47 percent ag rollback decrease and a 2.22 percent residential rollback increase. The rollbacks are set by the state.
There was no rollback percentage for commercial, industrial or railroad associated with this budget.
Proposed county levy rates will drop by two cents, but Pitts cautioned, other levies are going up, so actual dollars and cents difference on taxes will vary greatly.
"It's important the public know that just because we're reducing the levy by two cents, that doesn't mean property taxes will go up or down," Clay County Supervisor Chairman Del Brockshus said.
"Ag property could go down, but it depends on where you're at in the county," Pitts said. "It will vary on the different school district.
"It's hard to say one thing that's going to change property taxes."
The county budgeted for a 8.06 percent drop in state replacement revenues against levied taxes amounting to $218,263; while also planning for a 14.6 percent - or $2,067,782 - due primarily to capitol project expense.
Public Safety and Legal Services will grow by 21 percent - or $500,000 with the largest increase due to adult corrections and criminal prosecutions. The county attorney will move from part-time to full-time to handle the growing workload as of July 1.
Private Health and Social Services will be down 1.3 percent.
The budget also includes compensation increases as proposed by the county compensation board. The supervisors will receive a $400 increase; $2,100 increases are in line for the offices of county attorney, auditor, recorder and treasurer; while the sheriff's office will receive a $3,801 increase - totaling $14,201 for the elected officials.
Outside agencies, for which the county provides non-mandated funding, will collect a combined $563,969 - amounting to 3.47 percent of budgeted expenditures for Clay County in 2013. The funding is up more than $50,000 from the previous year.
Arts on Grand will receive $1,000 in new funding to $2,000; county libraries will benefit from a $2,255 increase to $47,355; the Iowa Lakes Corridor will increase from $20,000 to $25,000 in support; Northwest Aging jumped up $602; Compass Pointe added $1,034 to its budget asking; Parker Historical society will benefit from $15,000 in additional dollars plus a one-time gift of $25,000; and a planned technology incubator was awarded $5,000 which will continue for five years.