County board approves 2015 budget

Following a hearing and answering questions, Cloud County board of commissioners Tuesday approved the budget for 2014, which calls for expenditures of $10,964,538. The budget for 2013 called for expenditures of $10,478,222.
The estimated mill levy for 2015 is 67.327, an increase of .797 from 2014.
In other business, JoDee LeDuc, county treasurer, presented information regarding the amount of compensating use tax and sales tax received for August (July sales) in the amount of $59,404.61, compared to the amount received in August 2013 of $62,69.52.
During Highway Administrator Andy Asch's routine appointment, the board approved a right-of-way use permit for Rural Water District #1 for a buried waterline a half mile west of 60th Road on Vine Road.
Asch also presented a wage change for Jeff Womack, who has completed his introductory period. His wage is now $13.84 per hour.
Asch told the board that employees are checking county roads for damage after the rains over the weekend.
Diana Gering, Health Administrator, discussed a letter received from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment concerning home health.
Gering also reported her department will be taking walk-ins for flu shots, Cloud County Health Center will be doing blood draws and the Health Department will be giving flu shots at the Health Fair to be held Oct. 25 at the hospital. In addition, the Health Department will be working with Pawnee Mental Health Services for medication set-up for their clients.
In other matters the board
• Approved department payrolls totaling $138,483.65
• Discussed issues regarding the Cloud County Jail with Sheriff Brian Marks and Cloud County Attorney Rob Walsh. They also heard a report from Marks that the jail is housing 29 out-of-county prisoners
• Approved a variance for Charles and Julie Bowers from 3 acres to 2.73 acres for the installation of a septic system requested by County Sanitarian Marlene Stamm
• Discussed security for the courthouse with Dave Tangemann, File Safe
• Heard a report from commissioner Gary Caspers that he attended the LEPC meeting on Aug. 27
Adjournment was at noon. Next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. 

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