• Charlene Sims, Journal staff

Commission approves tentative budgets for several departments

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Commissioners reviewed several budgets on Monday, June 13.

Linn County Soil Conservation District Manager Stacy Reagan and Rick Castle, chairman of the board of supervisors, presented the 2023 budget of $43,000 for the conservation district. Reagan said this was same amount as last year.

She told the commissioners that the conservation office was notified last week that they were getting about $24,700 from the state of Kansas.

Reagan briefly explained programs that are offered through the conservation office and activities they have participated in the past year.

After Commissioner Rick James, made the motion to tentatively approve the budget, Commissioner Danny McCullough asked Reagan if the conservation office was able to benefit from any of the COVID funds this year or last year. Reagon said they did not receive any.

James laughed and said that McCullough was going to cut the budget if they had.

Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower presented the 2023 budgets from several departments under the Public Works Department because department Director Shaun West is off due to an injury. A speaker phone was set up in case the commissioners had questions about the budgets for West, but they did not use it.

The following 2023 public works budgets were all tentatively approved:

  • Road & Bridge, $4,667,000 ($73 decrease);

  • Planning & Zoning, $98,500 ($6,000 decrease);

  • Linn County Park, $354,000 ($25,500 increase);

  • Custodian, $139,000 ($20,500 increase);

  • Noxious Weed, $170,500 ($26,200 increase); and

  • Solid Waste, $720,600 ($76,000 increase).

County Clerk David Lamb presented several 2023 budgets to the commissioners. They were:

  • County Commission, $81,000 ($4,000 decrease); Lamb said that he had decreased this budget by $4,000 because there was more in it this year than was needed. He believes that is because he had left the cost of living raise in the budget even though the commissioners decided not to take it.

  • County Counselor, $158,110 ($15,000 decrease)

  • Clerk, $151,150 ($800 increase)

  • County Election, $102,500 ($200 decrease) Lamb said this number could come down some next year if a primary is not needed.

The commissioners tentatively approved the above budgets.

James asked when it was all going to be put together. Lamb said he had originally told people that he would like to have them all in by the last Monday in June.

Lamb said that would give him a couple of weeks to get it all pulled together.

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