About 30 people attended a public hearing hosted by the State Appeals Board Wednesday night at the Youth Enrichment Center on the Floyd County Fairgrounds on a petition challenging the Floyd County budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
The Coalition for Better County Government, led by Gordon Boge, filed the petition in April, protesting the County’s budget for fiscal year 2022-23, related expenses included for renovations to the Floyd County Courthouse and Floyd County Jail facilities, and an increase of 11.4% in one year of the General Services Tax Levy, plus total record property tax levy with an increase of 10.5% in one year.
The Coalition also contends the County did not adequately inform the public on how the budget numbers were determined and whether American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds were incorrectly applied to help cover cost overruns for the courthouse project, which includes the new law enforcement center.
Mason City Attorney Mike Byrnes helped represent the Coalition.
Supervisor Chair Doug Kamm said supervisors monitor the budget and expenditures regularly.
Carrie Johnson with the State Appeals Board said final comments on the issue must be submitted to the state by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17th, and a decision is expected to be announced during their monthly meeting on June 6th.