The Ottumwa Courier

May 17, 2013

Budget shift on county agenda

BY CINDY TOOPES
COURIER STAFF WRITER

---- — OTTUMWA — There's nothing like having some money in the budget to cover a project that doesn't have enough money on its line item.

The Wapello County Supervisors will need to move some money to an item that has spent all of its funding, according to Wapello County Supervisor Jerry Parker.

"We're amending the secondary roads budget," Parker said Friday. "It's not an increase in our spending."

Parker said the supervisors had $200,000 in a roadway line item that won't get spent this year.

"It's a line item for engineering, and we're moving the money to another line," he said.

The $200,000 won't get spent yet, but the engineering and roads budgets will be short.

Also on the agenda is a resolution to abate and assign tax certificates in the city of Ottumwa.

"There are several vacant lots in the city that no one has done anything with," Parker said. "We'll abate the taxes and assign those certificates to the city, which we do periodically."

Parker also noted one of the certificates pertained to land that has a gully by the walkway overpass near Eisenhower School.

"It's now a vacant lot that was bought at tax sale, and we're assigning the certificate to the person who bought the lot," he said.

Tuesday's agenda also includes an amendment to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Secondary Road Budget, an Iowa Department of Transportation Federal Aid Agreement for the county highway bridge program and a resolution to compromise and assign tax sale certificate to Tyst Holdings, LLC.