Supervisors seek support for LOST levy

Posted May 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

by Steve Peterson

Plymouth County supervisors said they talked with various city councilors or organizations about the upcoming special election for Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) fund renewal on Aug. 6.

County unincorporated areas will be voting on extending the 1 percent sales tax. The tax, if approved, will expire in 2032.

“I went to the Merrill councilors’ meeting last night (April 14). I updated them on our discussions on LOST. Even though the City of Merrill has no sunset (on their LOST levy), I asked the councilors for their support on the unincorporated areas’ (LOST) and they said they would be supporting it,” said Anderson, encouraging all to get behind this vote. “To get the LOST passed, it is very important we have momentum.”

Supervisor Don Kass attended the Remsen councilors’ meeting April 10 and they, too, indicated support for the LOST ballot issue. The Remsen voters will vote on the matter as their LOST will expire Dec. 31, 2013, just like the unincorporated areas’.

“Remsen has a sunset on its and will have to renew it,” said Kass, “and they will pass a resolution stating their intent by May 31. People understand how important that revenue is for the infrastructure of the city and the county.”

Supervisor Mark Loutsch said the Plymouth County Farm Bureau is in favor of it.

In addition, the Plymouth County Conservation Board, at its April 11 meeting, expressed support for the LOST tax issue.

In other county business:

• Plymouth County supervisors approved a Cost Advisory Inc. Central Service Cost Allocation Plan for FY 2012 for indirect cost recoveries from the Department of Human Services at its April 16 meeting.

The reimbursement is at 34 percent, said Auditor Stacey Feldman.

“It was at 42 percent before they moved their services to Sioux County. Our expenses have gone down and the reimbursement has gone down,” said Feldman. “They look at all the indirect costs to the county for DHS.

The supervisors’ vote was 4-0 with Supervisor Jack Guenthner absent.

• Supervisors appointed Janet Schroeder of Kingsley to replace Dave Klingensmith, who resigned, to the Plymouth County Conservation Board. The term ends Dec. 31. Klingensmith was thanked for his many years of service to the Conservation Board.

“She is a very qualified applicant. We had to appoint someone in quick order for quorums,” said Kass.

Lisa Harris of Akron was the previous appointee.

• Supervisors were irked at the state’s encouraging volunteer boards to be gender-balanced.

“You appoint the person to do the job,” said Anderson.

• Supervisors set 10:00 a.m. June 4 as the public hearing for the amendment to the Plymouth County Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.

Feldman said the tuck pointing work has restarted at the Plymouth County Courthouse, and people should avoid using the north entrance.

• Plymouth County Supervisors meet each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th St. SE, Le Mars, at the first floor board room. Meetings are open to the public.

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