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Tama Co. Supervisors

February 15, 2019
By John Speer Central Iowa Press , Northern-Sun Print

An audit report showing spending by Tama County up 4.1 percent over the previous year was accepted by the Board of Supervisors during their regular weekly meeting on Monday, Feb. 11.

The report from the Bowman and Miller PC firm covered the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

Issues of non-compliance noted centered on the usual call for more segregation of duties which is recognized as difficult with a limited number of staff members.

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In some instances it was noted county credit card charges did not have the required original receipt accompanying them and meal purchases had exceeded the limit in several instances and the county criteria needs to be followed.

It was found the certified budget did not exceed amounts budgeted for any function and there were no questionable expenditures and on spending of county money for travel expenses of county officials or employees.

Two instances of possible conflict of interest in purchases were mentioned- baked goods purchased for elections totaled $56 from Recorder Deb Kupka which was found to not exceed the $1,500 limit ceiling Also, car and truck washes at S&S Car Wash totaled $1,593 for the year which exceeds the limit by $93.

Supervisor Kendall Jordan is part owner of the car washes. The county response was S&S Car Washes are the only ones located in the Tama-Toledo area and "it would result in unneccessary cost to drive to another city in Tama County to wash cars and equipment."

Highlights included Tama County:

" had local tax revenue totaling $28,109,431 of which $18,391,465 was forwarded to townships, school districts, cities, and other county taxing bodies.

" retained $9,717,966 for county operations.

" collected other revenuers including- charges for services- $1,863,074; operating grants, contributions and restricted interest- $3,205,803; local option sales tax- $543,380; unrestricted investment earnings- $91,247; and other general revenues- $18,047.

" on the expense side- total was- $18,766.104; includes roads and transportation- $8,949,690; public safety- $3,642,281; physical health and social services- $1,694,916.

To read a full copy of the report:

In other business on Monday the supervisors:

" had an afternoon work session with E911 - Emergency Management and RACOM concerning the proposed county radio system replacement being sought.

" changed the Feb. 18 meeting date to Feb. 19 due to President's Day

on Monday,

which county offices are closed.

" approved two utility permits in Oneida Township.

" approved weekly claims totaling $82,744.



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