he Jasper County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting Friday with regard to the 2012-13 fiscal year budget. During the meeting, the budget was amended and an appropriation was approved and no public comment was made.
The amended budget reflects $1,083,094 in added expenditures and $856,226 in added revenue. The largest portions of the added expenditures come from the Jasper County Board of Health and the Secondary Roads department, which each added $261,103 and $467,736, to their respective costs.
Some of the added revenues included $559,898 from intergovernmental entities and $258,700 in other county taxes/TIF Tax Revenues.
With the fiscal year ending Sunday, the county has $9,153,121 for an ending fund balance.
“$9,153,121, at the end of June, that is a great problem to have,” board member Dennis Carpenter said during Friday’s meeting.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the board will vote to approve an appropriation resolution for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The projected budget is $26,071,801.
The board will also vote on whether to approve the dissolution of the contract with the I-Green Learning Center. I-Green director Phil Stender came to the board last Tuesday to announce the center’s closure.
“At this time we have no funds and our intention is to dissolve the corporation,” Stender said. “I apologize for the late timing in coming to you with this. We didn’t know we weren’t going to have funds until late last week. My request this time is that the county release us from our contractual obligation.”
The I-Green facility was located at the site of the former Jasper County Care Facility. In 2010, Stender proposed to the board that I-Green would pay $550,000 in annual payments of $33,328 for the next four years. When payments reached $200,000, the county will forgive the remainder, $350,000, as part of a grant to facilitate the construction and operation of the facility.
All three members of the board expressed regret of the facilities closure and the board is expected to allow Stender out of the contract.
County Attorney Mike Jacobsen will present the board with the resolution for the county to sign a contract with Shred-it. Shred-it has more than 140 branches in North America and specializes in the safe destruction of documents. They also destroy data on hard drives and other media sources.
Jacobsen is seeking approval for a one-time contract with the company and has requested that 15 standard banker boxes of documents and 190 file drawers of documents be destroyed. The cost is $6 a box and $8 per drawer and if approved, services would be performed on-site.
In other business:
• Jasper County Recorder Nancy Parrott will present her office’s May report for approval. Parrott’s records indicated her office collected $24,886.36 in fees for May.
• County Treasurer Doug Bishop has two funding transfer orders on the agenda, both of which would go to the Secondary Roads Department. The first of which would take $89,654.12 from the general basic fund and the second would $1,118,184.90 from the rural services fund. It is indicated that both transfers are needed for the county to receive State Road Use Funds.
• Several citizens have requested firework permits.
Immediately following the meeting, there will be a canvass of the Prairie City-Monroe special election. Canvassing provides the final total of votes and the early results were as followed:
• Voters voted no upon a revised Revenue Purpose Stream for the district’s share of the statewide School Infrastructure Local Option Sales Tax. The measure lost due to 212 voters selecting “no” and only 178 voters selecting “yes.”
• Early results also indicate that Jane Witt defeated Twyla Flickinge, 185-169, for the District 5 seat on the PCM School Board.
• In the battle for the District 7 seat, Steve Nearmyer defeated Zachary Pendroy, 244-96.
Staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at email@example.com.