Floyd County discusses new budget, eyes technology upgrades

Charles City, Iowa – The Floyd County Board of Supervisors met Monday morning and continued to hear budget proposals for the next fiscal year.

With the addition of the law enforcement center, updates to the courthouse and the on-going technical responsibilities, the county is looking to add a full-time IT expert.

Floyd County Auditor Gloria Carr says the addition is a necessary cost.

 

The position could be worth $54,000 depending on the candidate’s qualifications and would start March 1 before the projects RFP’s are submitted.

The sheriff’s department presented the addition of five mobile data terminals, also known as “tough books” used by law enforcement to gather information on the scene.

Deputy Travis Bartz said the addition would streamline paperwork.  More than 50 percent of their time is spent putting pen to paper.

 

The department would get five computers and outfit 10 vehicles for its use.  The price tag is $61,384.

Bartz tells KCHA news equipping the squad and jail cars has already helped catch criminals.

 

Ninety-seven percent of law enforcement agencies have this system.  The body cameras used by the sheriff’s department syn with the in-car cameras and the footage can be downloaded within the department’s network.

This would cost $37,025 and both the computers and the cameras would come from the department’s budget.

The Floyd County Library Association asked for a two percent increase of their funding which has been allotted at $92,000 for the county’s five libraries.

The Floyd County Fair is asking for a two-percent increase on their yearly budget with some of the money being put towards construction for permanent showers and restrooms.