Jo Co Commission Approves Budget...Finally

Johnson County Commission
Johnson County Commission

The Johnson County Commissioners approved their budget at their scheduled meeting on Monday, but not before some numbers crunching from the assessor's office and the clerk's office.

The general budget, in the amount of $43,309,168 was approved Monday morning. That included $10 million for the new courtroom facility at the justice center, and also included allocations for the County Fair, Jim Gatchell Museum and the County Library within the 12 mills.

Problems arose when the commissioners tried to approve the special districts. The numbers submitted by County Assessor Cindy Rogers did not match the numbers presented by the state, according to Clerk Vicki Edelman and Treasurer Carla Faircloth. They explain.

After receiving new numbers from Rogers, Edelman was able to recalculate the mills and present them to the commissioners for their approval.

For a list of the Special District Levies and their amounts, see below.

Approved were:

Town of Kaycee, .03 mills; City of Buffalo, 8 mills; Johnson County School District; Powder River Irrigation District; Crazy Woman Watershed Improvement District; and the North Fork Irrigation District.

Seperate Mill Levies for the Special Districts:
Cemetery, .163 mills, $210,398
Hospital, 3 mills, $3,872,363
Johnson County Fire, 1 mill, $990,861
Lake DeSmet Conservation, 1 mill, $1,028,403
Powder River Conservation, 1 mill, $262,388
Powder River Fire, 1.725 mills, $450,049
Rural Health Care, .715 mills, $922,913
Weed and Pest, 1 mill, $1,290,788
Solid Waste, 1 mill, $1,290.788

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