Township property tax levies for Tama County payable in Fiscal year 2013-2014 were approved on a 3-0 vote of the Board of Supervisors on Monday, Aug. 5.
The rates are: General Funds levy - $6.30996 per $1,000 valuation, Mental Health-Developmental Disabilities Services Fund - .65213, Debt Service Fund - 0, General Levy by Supervisors - 6.96209, Rural Services Levy by Supervisors - 3.59566, State of Iowa Brucellosis Eradication Fund - .00330, Agricultural Extension Service Levy - .19810, and County Assessor Levy for Conference Board - .32500, for a total combined county services levy for the cities at 7.48849 and Total Combined county services levy for rural at 11.08415.
Property tax relief from state-funded Mental Health costs is $568,799. This is a tax levy reduction of $0.6521272 per $1,000 of property valuation, effective July 1 to June 30, 2013.
In other business before supervisors:
Lou Brown, a Meskwaki Settlement resident, was present to discuss a possibility of a Tama County Art Center. Brown listed her qualifications and asked for input for such a project. Meeting with local people and setting up a plan will be her first point of action, followed by legal status required for such a project.
Lyle Brehm, county engineer, reported work on Highway D65 near Dinsdale, is going as planned. Brehm said he will meet with FEMA probably on Friday, to discuss plans for work needing to be done.
Four utility permits were approved. They were for Windstream Communications to replace a section of cable on 390th Street in Richland Township, Section 31-Replace a section of cable that is defective and cannot be repaired in York Township, Section 15 and to install a fiber optic signal regeneration cabinet to increase service capacity in Grant Township, Section 18.
The fourth permit was for T.I.P.REC to install a new pole at 3485 Highway V18 in Salt Creek Township, Section 5.
Dysart Recreation, Inc. ,5614 Highway V37, was granted a Class A Liquor License - private club, including outdoor service and Sunday sales, for a one-year term.
A resolution was passed approving the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Tama County required cash contribution. This states that the Region 6 Housing Trust Fund can apply for $341,010 of Iowa Finance Authority State Housing Trust Funds if the trust fund secures $85,253 of local contributions, the per capita state share for Tama County being $63,868, if $15,967 of local assistance is secured. The fund can be used for qualified rental and owner-occupied housing improvement activities for income qualified people across Tama County. All the applicants must have annual incomes under 80 percent of the county median as determined by HUD. Tama County will provide $15,967 of cash assistance in fiscal year 2014-2015.
Claims approved for payment totaled $440,448.