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Vote 3.5% pay hike for elected county officials

January 28, 2013
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Approval of a 3.5 percent raise for county elected officials was approved by the Tama County Board of Supervisors on Monday. The Tama County Compensation Board recommended the pay hike to supervisors on Jan. 14.

Supervisors considered the recommendation with 1st Supervisor Larry Vest making the motion to approve the recommendation. 2nd District supervisor Kendall Jordan and 3rd District supervisor Dan Anderson along with Vest, voted in favor.

Annual pay for elected officials beginning July 1 will be:

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Wind Farm TIF Area

Also on Monday, a public hearing was held for the TIF area financing. A resolution was passed proposing to enter into a general obligation loan agreement and issue general obligation bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $7,950,000 in accordance with the Code of Iowa for the essential county purpose of paying the cost up to that amount for planning, undertaking and carrying out projects in the Vienna Wind Farm Urban Renewal Area consisting of the reconstruction of and improvements to county roads and bridges.

In Tama County the Vienna Wind Farm includes an area from southeast of Gladbrook west to the Tama-Marshall county line. It also extends into Marshall County.

Northland Securities was approved as the bond agent.

The tax money will come from the wind generators not the property on which they stand, as only the improvement is taxed. It will be as follows: Year one, nothing; Year two five percent of the tax collected; Year three 10 percent of the tax collected; Year four 15 percent, year five 20 percent, year six 25 percent and year seven 30 percent until paid.

The work which will benefit from this is for road work from the Grundy county line south to Highway 30, and then Highway 63 west to the Marshall County line.

The main purpose of this transaction is that there is such a large amount of road work required, including bridge work, this plan will free the regular money for road work to be done in the rest of the county.

In other business:

The Auditors quarterly report was presented and approved showing collections of $601 for Maps and Plat Books (GIS shapefiles) and $20.90 in miscellaneous, for a total of $621.90.

Ryan Currens, Tama County Emergency Management director, sent information stating Governor Branstad has designated January 20 through 26th as Hazardous Materials Awareness Week. This week is designated with the goal to provide Iowans a better understanding about hazardous materials, their proper use, storage, and disposal, and the emergency response actions that can help minimize unnecessary accidents and exposure.

Claims for the past week totaled $197,513.



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