BOONE, Iowa—Most of the focus on budgets this time of the year is on the county, city and within a couple of weeks, school districts. There are a number of additional budgets that do need to be addressed and one of those is the budget for the Boone County Assessor. The Assessor’s Conference Board oversees those services and met to review the proposed budget Thursday. County Assessor W. Paul Overton proposed a budget that included salary increases based on figures recommended by the Boone County Compensation Board. The Compensation Board has recommended increases for voted officials of nearly 7% and a lesser amount for the Supervisors. Back on January 8th the Supervisors took action to reduce that recommendation of 2.5%. Conference Board members did agree to reduce the salary amounts to the 2.5% level.
Overton told the Conference Board that increases in overtime are anticipated due to the desire to complete the Rural Residential/Ag Dwelling/Ag Building revaluation. The process began in October 2012, but has been delayed because staff was diverted to assist with the Business Property Tax Credit application process made available by the property tax reform legislation last year. The goal is to complete the revaluation before the end of this calendar year.
There were a few other minor adjustments but the recommendation from the Conference Board is to take a budget proposal of just over $716,000 to a public hearing in February. The levy increase will be less than four-cents per thousand in taxable valuation.