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Based upon feedback received at the Monday, March 11 public hearing on the new budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Ringgold County board of supervisors withheld final approval of the budget pending further review of options to decrease the $4.90 per thousand tax rate.
The supervisors met again the next day to review the budget, and after considerable discussion, they cut the tax rate to $4.50 and subsequently approved the FY20 budget as otherwise proposed.
The budget calls for $9,651,128 in revenue, down a little over $28,000 from last year, mainly due to receiving FEMA funding this fiscal year.
Total expenditures in the budget were set at $10,436,768, down $44,557 from this year. Most of the reduction is due to a seventh sheriff’s deputy not being budgeted next year.
The overall tax levy decreases from 11.33514 this year to 11.82806 in FY20.
In other matters related to the budget, the supervisors approved three-percent salary increases for the following elected positions:
The board also approved three-percent increases for non-elected county officials with two exceptions.
Secondary roads shop foreman Mike Higday will received a 12 percent increase while deputy auditor Korbie Rinehart will receive a salary equal to 85 percent of the auditor’s salary.
In addition, the supervisors approved expenditures for the following agencies and organizations:
Educational Services $18,000
Ringgold County Fair $15,000
Ringgold Co. SWCD
Southern Iowa Trolley
Western Iowa Tourism and Area 14 were left unfunded in the new budget.