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July 12, 2013

Supervisors plan to canvass vote

OTTUMWA – Supervisors plan to finalize the election of Lisa Kent as the new Wapello County Recorder on Tuesday when they canvass the results of the special election.

Canvassing is the official presentation of the vote totals and the county's acceptance of them. Kent won the special election for Wapello County Recorder this past Tuesday, outpacing two rivals for the office.

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting also includes an unusually early budget amendment. Supervisor Jerry Parker said the amendment relates to work on Competine Road, Eldon-Floris Road and Bluegrass Road.

“We don't usually do them this early, but in this case we had a bond issue,” Parker said. “When we did the budget, we didn't know about the bonds.”

The bonds mean the county has the money to fund the road work, that's not a problem. But the budget must be adjusted to reflect the actual spending.

“We may have to pay that out in the first couple months,” Parker said.

That means a later budget amendment, as the county does more frequently, is not an option.

Supervisors are also expected to accept a number of reports from county offices. A request is also on the agenda to shift an assistant jail administrator to jail administrator.

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