County expenditures will increase for the upcoming fiscal year but the proposed property tax rate will remain the same, according to Winneshiek County Auditor Ben Steines.
The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors' annual budget hearing is noon Monday, March 11, at the Winneshiek County Courthouse annex building.
Expenditures total $27,147,370 under the proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins July 1. That’s about a 3 percent increase from the $26,232,126 in expenditures budgeted for the current fiscal year.
The county’s property valuations also increased by about 3 percent from $1,301,594,304 to $1,342,322,581.
“The valuation increase gave us the increased revenue to cover slightly increased expenditures,” Steines said.
The proposed property tax rate for residents of incorporated areas remains at $6.26 per $1,000 of taxable value and the rate for rural residents remains at $8.21 per $1,000 of taxable value.
The supervisors have reserved $500,000 in the new budget for jail renovations and updates. Bids for the jail project are scheduled to be opened at 11:30 a.m. March 11, prior to the budget hearing. The project is being rebid after quotes for the work came in around $700,000 -- nearly double the jail project consultant’s estimates.
The supervisors also are budgeting for some additional road projects beyond those in the county’s five-year road program. Steines said there will be road maintenance and resurfacing of some of the streets in the county’s unincorporated villages.
Steines said the vast majority of county departments had only minor changes in their budgets.
“The departments are really good about only increasing their budgets for something really needed, like the jail project,” he said.