Supervisors tackle public hearings, hear from citizens

By Kate Klimesh,

Public hearings were held at the April 3 Winneshiek County Supervisors meeting with the first focused on the Maximum Tax Levy proposed by the county for fiscal year 2023-24, proposing a maximum tax levy of $8.64/thousand of taxable valuation for county property taxes.

This represents a 20-cent increase to the General Levy to $4.38/thousand, a 10-cent decrease to the Supplemental Levy to $2.31/thousand, and keeping rural levy rates consistent at $1.95/thousand. No public comments were made, the maximum tax levy rate was approved unanimously. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the 2023-24 budget April 24 at 11 a.m.

The second public hearing regarding the vacation of a portion of right of way along 211th Ave. was held with no public comment. The resolution to vacate the right of way unanimously passed. It was noted it was not a lot of ground vacated, with half-acres to two adjacent property owners, a third to another owner and even less to another.  

Winneshiek County Engineer Lee Bjerke noted, “We just don’t need the width we had there anymore.”

Bjerke then reported on road matters and stated both the 175th Street “Golf Course Road” project by Calmar and demolition work on bridge 237 would begin this week. He noted the Golf Course work would start on the west end with Bjerke hopes for an August completion of the Golf Course Road project, weather permitting.

Public comments

The supervisors heard from resident Claire Askelson, who was requesting more rock and attention to gravel roads than ditches as his son had a vehicle accident in February due to a long-standing severe gully on a gravel road near their home. 

“If you don’t live on gravels, don’t be telling supervisors how to manage the roads,” Askelson stated. 

Complete story can be found in the April 6 Decorah Public Opinion Newspaper.

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