Tama County Supervisors approve 3.5 percent raise for elected officials

The Tama County Board of Supervisors met Monday morning with the recommendation of the Tama County Compensation Board’s on the agenda. The Compensation Board recently presented their recommendation of 3.5 percent raise for elected officials.

Supervisors discussed the recommendation for a couple of weeks and Monday Supervisor Larry Vest made a motion to approve the recommendation, with Dan Anderson seconding the motion. All three voted aye.

Ryan Currens, Tama County Emergency Management director, sent information stating Gov. Terry Branstad has designated January 20 through 26 as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week. This week is designated with the goal to provide Iowans a better understanding about hazardous materials, their proper use, storage, and disposal, and the emergency response actions that can help minimize unnecessary accidents and exposure.

A public hearing was held for the TIF area financing. A resolution was passed proposing to enter into a general obligation loan agreement and issue general obligation bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $7,950,000 (Bonds) in accordance with the provisions of Sections 331.402 and 331.441 of the Code of Iowa for the essential county purpose of paying the cost to that amount of planning, undertaking and carrying out projects in the Vienna Wind Farm Urban Renewal Area consisting of the reconstruction of and improvements to county roads and bridges.

The tax money will come from the windmills, not the property on which they stand, as only the improvement is taxed, will be as follows. Year one – nothing; Year two – 5 percent of the tax collected; Year three – 10 percent of the tax collected; Year four – 15 percent; year five – 20 percent; year six – 25 percent and year seven – 30 percent until paid.

The work which will benefit from this is road work from the Grundy County line south to Highway 30, and then Highway 63 west to the Marshall County line.

The main purpose of this transaction is that there is such a large amount of road work required, including bridge work, this plan will free the regular money for road work to be done in the rest of the county.

Supervisors frown on the idea of raising property taxes to do the road work required, or for that matter, they frown on raising taxes for anything unless it is unavoidable.