County budget approved, tax rate slightly lowered

The 2013-14 Marshall County budget was approved by the Board of Supervisors during a meeting Tuesday and includes a lower tax levy rate of $10.16 per $1,000 valuation.

“We work very hard, in this economy, to keep property tax askings from rising,” said Supervisors Chair Dave Thompson. “We feel that this has been the prudent thing to do.”

The current levy is rate is at $10.23 so the next rate will be a decrease of 7 cents. Though the rate decreased, many residents will incur a higher tax bill on the county portion since valuations increased in the county.

Auditor Dawn Williams said one of the goals of the supervisors heading into the budget process was not to raise the levy rate, so that was achieved.

Total valuation of property in the county is up $59 million, which represents 4 percent.

The board agreed to a letter of intent for the regionalization of mental health and disability services with six other counties. This is a result of a Senate file, and it’s unclear when the exact time this regionalization of services will occur. The other counties in the new service region with Marshall are Boone, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Madison and Story.

“We think that that’s a really strong region,” said Jill Eaton, community services director with the county.

In other business, the annual rock replacement on rural county roads is in motion as the letting date will be March 26. County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt said this will be similar to last year’s resurfacing project.

In other action, the board approved the hiring of Jamie Cripps as a universal clerk in the Treasurer’s Office at a pay rate of $14.50 an hour.

Jim Scheetz was recognized by the board for 10 years of service as an attorney in the Marshall County Attorney’s Office.