By EMILIE NELSON
Messenger staff writer
The Webster County Board of Supervisors adopted the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 in Webster County Tuesday.
The board approved the adoption of the proposed $33,825,853 budget for the year, which will begin July 1, 2012 and end June 30, 2013.
Board Chairman Bob Singer said the budget came through as expected with additional funds available to upgrade technology equipment in some county offices and continue to build on the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park southeast of Fort Dodge.
"We're not flushed for funds," said Singer. "We have adequate funds to get done what we need to get done this year. We will have the money to purchase upgraded IT equipment and for the OHV park."
The budget is also the determining factor for taxes and spending for the 2013 year.
Also approved were salaries for elected officials with county supervisors set at $33,884, supervisor chairman at $34,664, sheriff at $76,348, county attorney at $89,972 and auditor, treasurer and recorder at $57,302.
In other business, the board adopted a resolution to submit an application to the Tiger IV Grants Program for Rail and Highway Improvements to receive federal funds for continued rail development near the North Central Ag Industrial Park.
Following the regular meeting, the board held a public hearing to consider approval of a proposed amendment No. 1 to the Webster County Regional Urban Renewal Plan which would allow for an urban renewal area in Webster County and adopted a resolution to determine an area of the county to be an economic development area. The area would be located near the Ag Park, to allow for development of more industry and infrastructure within it.
Several residents and landowners in the vicinity of the proposed expanded Ag Park expressed their concern on a recently published map of plans which included their properties without advance notification.
Supervisor Clark Fletcher explained that the plans are conceptual and may not include the entire drawn-up area.
"We're setting a boundary of an area that if the property were to be sold to a company we would be able to do tax increments to help with road and water improvements to further entice the company to come," Fletcher said.
Singer said that before any official plans are drawn, part of a study of the area to be conducted by Olsson Associates, of Urbandale, would include seeking public input from area landowners.
"We will ask Olsson to get input from the public," said Singer. "We hope to extend the Ag Park to the west. We hope for service companies that will help with the industrial companies that are already there."
"The plans made are for what could happen out there," said Fletcher. "To be able to to see that we need to show what could happen, but you don't want to sell the idea without studying it first."
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