By Steve Peterson
Plymouth County supervisors have set 2014-2015 budget discussions are scheduled for each Tuesday meeting, if needed, in January.
At their Dec. 17 meeting, several written budget requests were presented.
Emergency Medical Services
Plymouth County Emergency Medical Services Association is appreciative of the support shown by the Plymouth County Supervisors in the past years and looks forward to serving Plymouth County for many years to come, Bill Rowe of EMSA had written to supervisors.
“Plymouth County EMS Association is requesting that the Supervisors consider a request of $86,000 for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. As you may recall, last year we kept our request the same as the previous year. This year we ware requesting a $3,000 increase as some of our other funding sources have been either cut back or have been eliminated. The individual department’s share of this budget will remain the same as last year’s proportions,” said Bill Rowe.
Western Iowa Tourism
“The Western Iowa Tourism Region anticipates continued funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority in Fiscal Year 2014-2015. Our “matching funds” requirement is $20,800.
“We’re cognizant of the budget constraints faced by the counties in our region. The Region’s Board of Directors has worked hard to increased funding from the tourism industry from private members, special projects and grants. Since additional income is received from these sources, our request from each county will remain $500.
Highlights of some of the accomplishments of the Western Iowa Tourism Region are:
• Produce and distribute over 515,000 ad inserts to promote Western Iowa;
• A total of 350,000 ad wraps delivered to subscribers of the Omaha World Herald in June, July and August;
• Continue tourism educational workshops/seminars for membership, creating Webinar presentations and opportunities on tourism related topics;
• Distributed the “Gateway Guide” for distribution to all travelers at Iowa Welcome Centers and through information request fulfillments; and
• Continue to promote Western Iowa on our website, www.visitwesterniowa.com and Facebook.
We do need the support of Plymouth County in order to meet our match obligation to receive funds from the Iowa Economic Development Authority,” said Western Iowa Tourism Director Shirley Phillips in a letter to county supervisors.
Plymouth County Museum
“As the Plymouth County Museum evolves into one of the Midwest’s largest local heritage museums, growing pains are bound to occur. To meet the increasing demands of our massive Museum (at 335 First Ave. SW, in Le Mars), we are seeking an increase in county funding from the current $10,000 to $12,000.
“In the past year, volunteers and staff have created many new exhibits, including the Le Mars Main Street and Village; the Matchstick Room; the Technology Room; and the addition of more agricultural space featuring tractors, cars, farm tools and implements. Slated for the coming year are the Sports Room, the County Fair-Township Room; and the Service Club Room.
“We especially appreciate the support that you have given through the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) grants in the past year. These have made it possible for the Museum to create the Dollie Room, the County Fair-Township Room. With the creation of these new rooms, however, comes the added challenge of maintaining these spaces. Volunteers have taken many measures to increase the energy efficiency of the Museum space, but costs continue to climb,” said Museum Administrator Judy Bowman.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. is requesting $10,000 from Plymouth County for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
“The proposed budget request is based on the population of the cities and counties served by Mid-Sioux. Each individual served by our agency received an estimated value of $889 in services. Our agency provided over $8,553,000 in services to 9,622 individuals in 3,517 households in our five-county service area of Plymouth, Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee and Ida Grove.
The funds we received from local governments are used to help low-income families meet challenges and eventually become self-sufficient. By supporting Mid-Sioux, local government funds help to empower community members to become self-sufficient by building healthy families, create a stronger workforce and reduce the effect of poverty in the community. The funds received stay in the county that they are given from,” wrote Mid-Sioux Opportunity Executive Director Dick Sievers.
Requests from Mid-Sioux Opportunity by county are as follows: Cherokee, $7,500; Ida, $5,000; Lyon, $7,500; Plymouth, $10.000; and Sioux County, $15,000.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc. provided services to 239 individuals in 100 households in Akron and 58 Westfield individuals in 25 households.