BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Emergency Management Commission did meet with the Boone County Supervisors Wednesday to talk about the Supervisors decision to reduce Commission funding by $10,000. The Commission held it’s public hearing on it’s proposed budget on January 29th. The publication called for a county contribution of $110,000, the same rate as the current fiscal year. Other revenues amounts to just under $12,000. Proposed expenditures would be over $151,000. The current reserve is estimated at nearly $77,000 which would be reduced to $47,000 by the end of the 2014 Fiscal Year.
Madrid City Administrator Todd Kilzer, a member of the Commission said he had heard rumors that the $10,000 reduction was in retaliation of the recent purchase of a motor home to use as a mobile command post. He told the Supervisors that he and other members of the Commission take their responsibility of using tax dollars seriously.
Supervisor Chet Hollingshead said his concern is the fact that Boone County puts $100,000 into Emergency Management, more than any other comparable county.
Emergency Management Commissions across the state have varying budgets, depending on each county’s need. Some have part-time staffing while others have more than one staff member. Some receive funding from just the County while other receive funds from the County and the Urban areas based on taxable values. Boone County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Morlan did present information to the Supervisors about the number of “events” that Emergency Management has been involved with during the past year.
The Supervisor will have a public hearing on the overall county budget when they meet on March 6th.