Commissioners propose creating a fund for technology expenses

COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners have unanimously approved a working draft of the 2019 proposed budget, and a public hearing has been set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 13.

The board has been work shopping with Gene Mense and Matt Mense of the Mense CPA Firm over the past several weeks to fine tune their proposal before hearing from the voters of Cherokee County. Chairman of the Board Cory Moates said he was well pleased with the projected budget decreasing the mill levy by 1.637. Gene Mense explained how the tax lid law will work in future years' budget preparation, and said that the taxes levied are the key. Tthe taxes levied for 2019 is about $20,000 less than 2018.

Technology expenses in 2019

The board also discussed creating a fund for technology expenses that are anticipated in 2019. Mense said that a second equipment reserve fund for technology could be created and funds could be transferred into that fund. Chairman Moates proposed a line item for technology to be funded by three-fourths of a mill, and also putting one-fourth of a mill back into road and bridge. Moates said that would still lower the 2019 mill levy by 0.637, and the technology fund would be evaluated next year and eliminated if it isn't needed in the future. Commissioner Neal Anderson seconded the motion, and it passed 3-0.

-- Jordan Zabel is the managing editor for the Cherokee County News-Advocate. He can be emailed at