County commission sets budget hearing
The Cloud County board of commissioners approved publishing the 2020 budget and set a date for the public budget hearing during its regular meeting on Monday.
The budget hearing is scheduled for August 19 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners' Room at the Courthouse.
The proposed budget lowers the estimated tax rate from 70.975 mills in 2019 to 69.885 mills. The tax rate in 2018 was 72.698 mills.
Total proposed budget authority for expenditures for 2020 is $17,070,405 with amount of ad valorem tax of $8,030,689 compared to $12,465,191 for actual expenditures in 2019.
The proposed general fund expenditures for 2020 is $3,814,731, with an estimated tax rate of 19.865. General fund expenditures in 2019 totaled $3,431,915 with an actual tax rate of 22.246 mills.
The county's assessed valuation has risen from $110,837,695 to $114,913,302.
Also during the meeting, County Treasurer JoDee LeDuc presented the composition of cast balances and investments report and fund status report as of July 31, 2019, totaling $11,961,977.30.
LeDuc also reported that the delinquent publication would include two properties the county has possession of that included specials certified from the city of Concordia after the tax foreclosure sale.
Highway Department administrator Andy Asch reported to the board that 100th Road between Plum Road and Oat Road is closed because of a hole in the road.
Asch also reported that the estimated cost for repairs of one and a half miles of road from the Concordia city limits to Highway No. 9 on 11th Street is $120,784 and they will take a couple of days and that a few spots on Union Road will also be milled and repaired at no cost.
The board and Asch completed the selection committee report ratings.
Jerry Collins, IT director, discussed an agreement with Nex-Tech Wireless which would extend the current contract for an additional two years at no change in monthly prices. The agreement would change the cycle so all services would expire at the same time.
The board approved a capital outlay request from the IT Department for six HP computers totaling $7,560.62.
The board approved a classification change for Eilert from $14.72 to $16.00 effective August 5.
Brandi Bray, Health Department administrator, presented a classification change to the board, discussed the open house this week and reported that the department would have an intern this fall semester from the University of Kansas at no cost to the county.
The board approved the classification change for Kelsey R. Tatro from part-time to full-time Home Health RN with no wage change effective August 1 to fill an open position.
Allowing chairman Gary Caspers a contract with Nex-Tech to extend service for the Health Department was approved by the board.
The board approved a classification change for Cynthia M. Dew, custodian, from probationary period to non-probationary period effective August 1.
The following expenses totaling $161,260.47 were approved by the board:
General Fund, $42,104.40; Field Services, $9.92; Juvenile Justice, $322.14; Appraisal, 268.49; County Health, $9,273; Election, $45.39; Court Services, $444.80; Road & Bridge, $72,066.08; Juvenile Reinvestment, $102.24; Community Corrections, $259.59; County Tourism & Convention, $590.85; Noxious Weed, $8,609; Solid Waste, $27,164.57.