The Floyd County budget is the focus of a special hearing scheduled for tonight (05.10).
A group of more than 1,000 county residents have filed a petition objecting to the recently approved budget and want their concerns heard by the State Appeal Board. They contend the budget included property tax increases related in part to increased costs associated with the construction of the new Floyd County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) as well as updates to the county courthouse in Charles City, claiming the county Board of Supervisors did so “unreasonably and arbitrarily.”
Voters originally approved a bond issue for the LEC up to $13.5 million but the building has been plagued by a variety of issues leading to increased construction costs and delaying its completion by several months. It could open next month and the final price tag is expected to go over $16 million.
Both the petitioners and county officials have been notified the purpose of the hearing is to, “hear the concerns of the petitioners regarding the county’s approved budget and to hear the concerns of the county regarding the petition that was filed against the budget.” Representatives from both sides can make their arguments during the hearing scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Wrightz Auction Company, 1406 U.S. Highway 218 north of Floyd.
The session is expected to last no more than an hour and 15 minutes and will be available via Zoom or by phone dial-in.
*Zoom meeting ID 880 9143 6263; passcode 651232
*Phone dial-in 312-626-6799 with same ID/passcode as above