The Floyd County Board of Supervisors is lobbying for leniency in reducing county spending and general services by almost $1.2 million as ordered last week by the State Appeals Board.
The ruling came in response to a petition by the Coalition for Better County Government challenging the county’s fiscal year 2022 budget which led to a tax property increase they claimed is due largely to the county overspending in the construction of the new law enforcement center in Charles City. The appeal board said the coalition didn’t meet that burden of proof, but found the county had made an accounting error that would require the spending reduction.
The supervisors met in special session during their regular Monday morning workshop to finalize a letter to the appeal board to rehear the county’s case justifying their budget. County Auditor Gloria Carr says reducing spending would inhibit county services, safety and efficiency.
Carr added reducing the budget would further delay completion of the law enforcement center and courthouse improvements at a time when cost of construction materials continues to rise. Board President Linda Tjaden also pointed out that while a clerical error led to the findings of the appeal board, the supervisors knew what overall budget numbers they were approving for 2022.
The state appeal board has 20 days to respond to the supervisors’ rehearing request upon receipt of the county’s letter.