By Michael Schaffer
---- — The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday at 9 a.m. in the Boardroom of the Courthouse with all present and voted to approve an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 budget and to approve the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget estimate.
• The amendment to FY 2014 budget:
The FY 2014 budget amendment revenues and expenditures equal each other at $27,253. On the revenue side is county taxes/TIF tax revenues at $1,977; intergovernmental at $1,276; and general long-term debt proceeds at $24,000. On the expenditure side is public safety and legal services at $3,253; and debt service at $24,000.
The board in January approved a budget amendment for fiscal year 2014 that increased revenues by $39,526 and increased expenditures by $1,028,361.
• The proposed FY 2015 budget estimate:
The budget estimate for fiscal year 2015, which starts July 1, 2014 and runs through June 30, 2015, shows total revenues at $9,827,744 and total expenditures at $11,155,780.
The county’s total ending fund balance will take a hit yet again. Since fiscal year 2013 the county’s ending fund balance has declined by more than $3 million.
The total ending fund balance in fiscal year 2013 was $7,906,324; in fiscal year 2014 it was $6,179,798; and the estimate for fiscal year 2015 is $4,851,762.
Since FY 2013, net current property taxes collected has increased by more than $220,000. In FY 2013, net current property taxes collected was $3,332,492; for FY 2015 it is estimated at $3,554,163.
The budget estimate’s proposed tax rate per $1,000 taxable valuation for urban areas is $8.93352 and for rural areas is $12.03352.
Seven out of nine expenditures and other finance uses for FY 2015 are estimated to increase since FY 2013 with several in double digits.
Public Safety and Legal Services up by 8.82 percent; Physical Health and Social Services up by 17.73 percent; County Environment and Education up by 20.45 percent; Roads and Transportation up by 4.82 percent; Government Services to Residents up by 16.94 percent; Administration up by 3.61 percent; and Debt Service up by 4.93 percent.
The two not expected to increase since FY 2013 are Mental Health, ID & DD down 33.23 percent and Capital Projects down 43.31 percent.
FY 2015 budget total expenditures are estimated to increase by approximately $200,000 from FY 2013.
In other action, board members voted:
• To write a letter of support for the railroad, said Linda Demry, Appanoose County auditor. She said the letter has yet to be written by the board of supervisors.
• To appoint Darcy Whitlow, Robert Pontious and Sandra Vinzant to the Magistrate Appointing Commission.
• To purchase a 100 hour prepay contract with Solutions for services at $103.50 per hour. Demry said Solutions provides software and maintenance for the county’s computers.
• To sign a supplemental agreement for final design services for bridge on highway J5T north of Captain’s Landing. The agreement is with consultants Calhoun-Burns and Associates to do the final design for the bridge, Appanoose County Engineer Gary Bishop said.
• To approve a resolution to hold a public hearing on March 17 at 9:15 a.m. in the Appanoose County Courthouse to consider the sale of property in Cincinnati.
• To approve the Iowa Department of Transportation budget and program for fiscal year 2015. The IDOT secondary road budget for Appanoose County for FY 2015 shows estimated receipts at $4,332,161. Estimated expenses are $3,696,500.
Estimated expenses for FY 2015 include $639,000 for administration and engineering; $25,000 for construction; $1,840,000 for roadway maintenance; and $1,192,500 for general roadway.
Estimated revenues for FY 2015 include $711,215 in property taxes; $101,365 in Local Option Sales and Service Tax; $2,145,106 in regular road use tax; $40,652 (unnamed); $248,170 in Time 21 funds; $95,600 miscellaneous; and $990,053 in the beginning balance.
The secondary road construction program for FY 2015 in Appanoose County shows five proposed projects.
• Amber Hoffman has changed to a full-time naturalist/administrative assistant at $29,900 annually with county benefits retroactive to Jan. l.