Akron lowers its tax rate for FY 2018

Posted March 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

For the first time in more than a decade, Akron has a lower tax rate.

“We dropped our tax rate almost 2 percent,” Akron City Administrator Dan Rolfes told councilors at their Feb. 28 meeting.

In looking at the county’s FY 2017 Tax Rolls, Akron had the highest tax rate of all Plymouth County cities.

“That was something we wanted to address,” he said, noting it’ll be the lowest since FY 2004.

We were able to reduce it because there are no major improvement projects this year and we decided to use cash reserves for this summer’s one project and to pay employee benefits, he

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    Learn to Managing Your Property for Wildlife

    Whether you own 1 acre or 1,000 acres, actions you take on your land can have an important impact on wildlife that rely on our privately own lands to thrive.

    ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County will be holding an informational meeting on how to manage your property for wildlife on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Le Mars.

    Adam Janke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Wildlife Specialist, will be conducting the meeting. He will discuss

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    Real Estate taxes due

    Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the second-half real estate and mobile home taxes are now due and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail. Taxes are delinquent April 1, 2017.

    Mail must be postmarked on or before March 31st to avoid delinquent interest.

    Send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on March 31 does not guarantee a March 31 postmark.

    Delinquent

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    Garden Club meets March 14

    Floyd Valley Federated Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian-UCC Church, 858 7th Ave. SE, Le Mars.

    Program will be ‘What’s New in Gardening’ by Mother Natures Greenhouse. Roll Call will be the most spectacular garden you have toured.

    Visitors are welcome to attend!

    Foot Care Clinic is March 13

    Nathanael Parish Health Ministry is offering foot care at Nathanael Lutheran Church on Monday, March 13.

    Anyone needing foot care is welcome to come.

    Professional screening, assessment, education, and foot care treatment will be provided by Faith Kinkner, RN, who is trained and certified in foot care.

    Treatment includes toenails clipped and filed, electric grinding of thick nails, corns; and calluses buffed, plus blood pressure. The cost is $25.

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    At the Capitol – Week of Feb. 27 – March 3, 2017 Tough Session by Randy Feenstra

    In early January the legislature cut $118 million out the on-going 2017 budget. It has been noted that this may not be a big enough cut and the legislature may need to cut more this year. The Revenue Estimating Committee meets on March 14, and they will tell the state how much more needs to be cut to keep the state budget balanced.

    Being a legislator over 9 years I have now been part of two big budget cuts. As legislators we must learn from history and

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    Applications now being taken for Head Start

    The Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., Head Start is presently recruiting children for the 2017-2018 school year. Head Start is a free preschool program for 3 & 4 year old children.

    Head Start centers are located in Akron, Cherokee, Le Mars, Orange City, Rock Valley, Rock Rappids, Sioux Center and a Child Development Center (CDC) in Hawarden. Home-based opportunities are available for children in Ida County as well.

    Head Start Helps provide children with educational activities that help them grow mentally,

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    Care Center achieves highest rating: five stars

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “We are among the best facilities in the state!” current Akron Care Center Inc. Administrator Alan Bruinsma told The Akron Hometowner Monday.

    “Akron Care Center rates as a ‘5’ out of 5-Star facilities on the CMS Nursing Home Compare,” he said, adding the local nursing home had moved up from a 4-Stars rating in February.

    In addition, the Akron Care Center has a state-inspection “survey” history of being a

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    A-W to end ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ with city Feb. 28

    With Akron-Westfield School Board members realizing all the possibilities with the Total Motors (TM) property, they did not extend the period of time they’d given Akron city officials to find an entrepreneur to purchase the property.

    But the decision was not unanimous.

    On their Feb. 14 meeting agenda, the board was to consider a two-month extension through May 1.

    “When we first looked at (TM property) we were simply looking for a

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    Grandparents are still being scammed

    Grandparents: Beware!

    Grandparents are still being targeted in phone scams — grandchildren are calling and saying they are in trouble and need money.

    But it is often NOT an actual grandchild.

    On Feb. 10, , the Plymouth County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a theft by deception case. A victim from Plymouth County reported that they received a phone call from someone who said that they were the victim’s grandson. The grandson claimed to

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