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Treasurer's Office presents FY20 budget

Henry County Treasurer Ana Lair presented her fiscal year 2020 budget to the Board of Supervisors during a regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10.

Fiscal year (FY) 2020 begins July 1, 2019, and ends June 30, 2020.

Lair said there were few changes to the budget from this year to the next. One notable change is a pay increase of 1 percent for an employee who has been with the department for a decade, Lair said.

Lair is also asking the county to replace a couple of computers and add an additional monitor to the department.

The Treasurer’s Office does property tax management, motor vehicles and driver’s licenses. In 2018, the department issued 5,561 driver and non-driver identification documents, and a little over 1,000 more driver’s licenses in 2018 than 2017, Lair said.

“That doesn’t reflect how many contacts we had with people who we didn’t issue licenses to at the time,” Lair said.

The department also issued over 6,000 car titles in 2018.

Lair said the six Treasurer’s Office staff have a total combined 144 years of experience. All staff members are “universal clerks,” and are able to serve customers in all three departments. Three staff members are trained and certified to administer drive tests. One more staff person has started the training process to be certified to conduct drive tests. The department recently issued staff orange vests for when they conduct drive tests. Lair said it increases safety for staff members and lets people know they’re on duty when out in the parking lot or on the roads with a driver.

“We take as many precautions as we can, and the vest is just another one,” Lair said.

All staff in the Treasurer’s Office is required to meet DOT training requirements with in-office training and occasionally attend state or regional training, Lair said.

In other news, Henry County Engineer Jacob Hotchkiss opened bids for two upcoming projects.

The first project is grading and surfacing on 260th street. Five bids were received. Hotchkiss estimated the project to cost $151,305. Cole Construction Co. Inc., out of Keosauqua, was the low bidder with a bid of $118,519.

The second project is a box culvert on 260th Street. Two bids were received. Hotchkiss estimated the project to cost $272,606. The low bidder was Iowa Bridge and Culvert, LC, out of Washington, with a bid of $272,474.

Hotchkiss will review the bids and make his recommendation to supervisors next week.