Supervisors clarify LOST tax vote duration

Posted June 13, 2013 at 5:00 am

by Steve Peterson

Plymouth County supervisors amended the date for the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) expiration date for the Aug. 6 special election.

The expiration date of the LOST tax will now read Dec. 31, 2031 on the ballot and not Dec. 31, 2032, said Auditor Stacey Feldman at the June 4 supervisors’ meeting. Supervisors approved the amendment by a 5-0 vote.

The money received from the tax is to be spent as follows:

• In Akron, the revenues will be used 0 percent for Property Tax Relief and 100 percent for funding municipal capital improvements and carrying out community betterment projects impacting the City of Akron.

• In Craig, the revenues from the tax to be allocated are as follows: 0 percent for Property Tax Relief and 100 percent for community improvement projects.

• In Brunsville, revenues from the tax are to be allocated as follows: 0 percent for Property Tax Relief and 100 percent for Safety, Recreation and Infrastructure.

In Le Mars, LOST revenues are to be allocated as follows: 0 percent for Property Tax Relief and 100 percent for Projects and Public Safety Projects, including, but not limited to, the City’s portion of the Floyd Valley Hospital Expansion Project.

• For the county’s Unincorporated Areas, the revenues are to be allocated as follows: 0 percent for Property Tax Relief and 100 percent for Capital Improvements, Infrastructure and Community Betterment projects, including, but not limited to, Plymouth County roads and bridges.

Le Mars residents will also be voting on a question to impose a hotel and motel tax at a rate of 5 percent, beginning Jan. 1, 2017 and expiring on Dec. 31, 2031.

In other business, Supervisors:

• Approved, by a 5-0 vote, a one-year agreement with Williams & Co, for the FY 2012-2013 financial audit. The cost is expected to be about $30,000.

• Heard a report from Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe and Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Junge on the flash flood impacts update for the flood event May 27 – 28.

“We have about 30 sites with severe impact from the flooding but another 100 where there will be clean-up for months,” said Rohe.

Bridges affected were in Section 29 of Fredonia Township, on 110th Street west of Qwest Avenue, and 110th Street west of County Road L-22.

Supervisors approved a local State of Emergency Resolution regarding the May 27 – 28 flash flooding which will lead to an application for state assistance, due to “causing severe damage to public and private property, disruption of utility service and endangerment to health and safety of the citizens of Plymouth County within the disaster area,” the resolution states.

Individuals may apply through the Individual Assistance Program for relief, which is being coordinated by Mid-Sioux Opportunity in Remsen for Plymouth and Sioux counties.

Rohe estimated about $400,000 in damage was done by the rain events those two days.

Rohe said areas surrounding the Willow Creek and Deep Creek areas were impacted.

Junge said Federal Emergency Management Agency officials would be meeting with local officials on June 4.

Citizens who are interested in applying for the assistance should visit www.dhs.iowa.gov and click on the disaster assistance link. This opens a page that contains the application and instructions for the Iowa IAP. Residents may also stop by at the Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. office in Remsen and the staff can assist residents in filling out the applications. Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. has its main office in Remsen, at 418 S. Marion St. in Remsen, 712-786-2001.

Upon filling out the application, Mid-Sioux Opportunity will process the application along with the appropriate accompanying information needed.

• Discussed the current bond market with consultant Chip Schultz of Ruan Securities.

He told the supervisors the interest rates they can expect to pay for the $2,350,000 for bonds for road work projects in Merrill are on the rise. Exact interest rates were expected to be “locked in” after a conference phone call with Standard and Poors rating service representatives June 5 with the board’s authorization of the agreement expected at its June 18 meeting.

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