MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved the county’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget.
The budget that goes into effect on July 1st spends about $300-thousand less, with the re-estimated Fiscal Year 2018 budget spending about $35-point-1 million and the Fiscal Year 2019 budget at $34-point-8 million.
County budget manager Heather Mathre says there’s about $1-point-9 million less in next year’s budget earmarked for capital projects. She says the secondary road project amount is down, the county trail project continues, and there are projects for around the courthouse. “We are planning to do a new generator and some tuck-pointing to the courthouse.”
Supervisor Chris Watts says he pleased with the work done by department leaders on the budget. He says, “I really appreciate the department heads going back and doing due diligence to help us out with the budget this year, I really appreciate it.”
Supervisors chairman Casey Callanan calls it a fair budget with a conservative approach. He says, “We’re always facing challenges like many other governmental entities. That said, we’re trying to be good stewards of the taxpayers. You never know what’s coming down the road with the state legislature. There’s been a lot of talk about them not funding the commercial property tax backfill. We won’t know that until the legislature adjourns, so we erred on the side of caution to try to be conservative, and yet still get the adequate services that we are tasked to provide to our citizens of Cerro Gordo County.”
The countywide and rural levies remain the same compared to Fiscal Year 2018. The countywide levy is at $6.19 per $1000 assessed valuation, while the rural levy is at $3.51 cents per $1000.
You can see a full presentation about the budget by clicking on this link: Cerro Gordo Budget FY 2019