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CERRO GORDO | The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 on Tuesday morning on a resolution to approve the latest yearly budget.

The countywide levy, which Cerro Gordo residents would pay, dropped by six cents while the county's valuation rose by $150 million. 

For Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), the countywide levy was $6.19 and will now be $6.13 for Fiscal Year 2019 to 2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

The countywide valuation went from $2.638 billion to $2.788 billion over that same stretch.

Drops in the mental health/developmental disabilities levy and the debt service levy, which is typically used for brick and mortar "capital" projects​, account for the difference over the time periods. 

By department, the county is expected to spend $36.12 million in 2019-2020 which is up from $34.8 million over the previous fiscal year.

Cerro Gordo County Tax Rates

Valuations FY 2014-2015 FY 2015-2016 FY 2016-2017 FY2017-2018 FY 2018-2019 FY 2019-2020
Countywide valuation $2,282,153,509 $2,322,398,085 $2,403,046,851 $2,545,051,873 $2,638,850,112 $2,788,076,023
Countywide levy $6.24 $6.24 $6.23 $6.19 $6.19 $6.13
Utility and property tax dollars $14,320,960 $14,595,427 $15,038,458 $15,815,801 $16,395,740 $17,146,561
Rural valuation $729,158,001 $749,329,030 $768,495,583 $809,637,606 $823,830,932 $894,469,772
Rural levy $3.50 $3.50 $3.50 $3.50 $3.50 $3.50
Utility and property tax dollars $2,557,442 $2,628,189 $2,695,414 $2,839,715 $2,889,496 $3,137,254
General basic levy $3.50 $3.50 $3.50 $3.50 $3.50 $3.50
General supplemental levy $1.43 $1.49 $1.55 $1.78 $1.77 $1.77
Mental health levy $0.90 $0.69 $0.63 $0.56 $0.57 $0.54
Debt service levy $0.40 $0.56 $0.54 $0.35 $0.35 $0.31
Total countywide levy

The county engineer and secondary roads department accounts for the largest share of the budget at $8.38 million while the sheriff's department budget comes in second at a projected $7.52 million. 

The third highest is public health at $5.29 million. 

Cerro Gordo Department Expenditures

Department 2019-2020 Budget 2018-2019 Re-estimated budget 2017-2018 Actual budget
Conservation $2,380,212 $1,725,813 $1,590,838
CPC/Mental Health $2,267,305 $2,294,327 $2,256,059
Public health $5,297,077 $5,297,671 $4,909,578
Secondary roads $8,382,100 $7,800,826 $6,507,470
Sheriff $7,525,701 $7,243,930 $7,124,615

County Supervisor Casey Callanan said that the budget that was passed was a "good budget, a fair budget" and expressed the board's wish that they would've been able to drop the levy by even more. 

Fellow County Supervisor Tim Latham concurred with Callanan and thanked the various department heads in attendance at the meeting for coming in with budget proposals that were "realistic."

"That makes them a joy to work with," Latham said.

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