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Tama County to issue bank cards to payees

July 11, 2014
By Joyce Wiese - News-Herald Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tammy Wise, Central Point of Coordination office manager, presented a new U.S. Bank per diem card plan to the Board of Supervisors on Monday, July 7. The cards will be issued to the more than 100 payees the office oversees.

Wise said the cards will make managing and monitoring day-to-day expenses easier. The card provides a greater level of control over how funds are used.

Online administrative tools allow ordering cards and perform tasks ranging from loading, reloading or removing funds from cards to reviewing individual transactions of all issued cards at any time.

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Tama County Board of Supervisors (l-r) 1st District Larry Vest, 2nd District Kendall Jordan, 3rd District Dan Anderson.
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The cards are good anywhere Visa cards are accepted.

The benefits include reducing the need to disburse cash, the flexibility of choosing from two different types of per diem programs. The standard card allows only cardholder point-of-sale, signature or PIN transactions. The Elite card includes cardholder point-of-sale, signature, or PIN transactions, ATM withdrawals, teller withdrawals and cash back with purchase. This card is more cost efficient, cost effective and secure disbursal of per diem payments, and many more efficiencies.

Wise says many counties are going to this bank due to the efficiency and advantages of the system.


Flood Damage Seen

County Engineer Lyle Brehm gave his weekly road report and said there was some road damage from the storms.

Brehm did not think there was enough damage for FEMA to be involved. Brehm said water was across the roads in places but not as bad as last year.

Road crews are out cleaning up brush and debris washed upon the roads and ditches.

Brehm also told supervisors there was a culvert just north of Gilman on the county line road that was in bad shape. There was no discussion on what would or could be done about this culvert.

Seek Tax Abatement

After Fire Damage

Stan and Charlotte Upah, USS Polaris and Upah Income Tax and Bookkeeping Service owners, visited with supervisors requesting a suspension or to abate taxes for the next year on the building they own which recently burned and is unusable.

They were advised to contact the Toledo City council and the STC school system.

County Assessor Jerry Witt was present and explained his budget is set Jan. 1, and nothing is changed for that year. More information is needed before the request can be considered.

In other business:

Susan Jones, county insurance administrator, presented a listing of the fiscal year Insurance billing for the different departments.A total of $285,793.00 was budgeted and the actual premium came to $264,930, some $20,863 less than budgeted for.

Claims approved for the past week totaled $454,894.



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