Greene Co Ambulance ready to roll

Iowa Great Place designation in the works

Greene County Ambulance is on track to be “in business” officially March 1. Longtime Greene County EMS director Dennis Morlan’s retirement will be effective that day at 12 am.
Lacy Brubaker, interim director of Greene County Ambulance, reported to the Greene County supervisors on Monday that an onsite inspection required for the new ambulance service’s certification will be done next week. Continue reading Greene Co Ambulance ready to roll

DSM Roosevelt AD making a move to Greene County

Hoping to move to Jefferson

Todd Gordon

A very experienced activities director will join the Greene County Schools staff as of July 1.

Todd Gordon, activities director at Des Moines Roosevelt High School and the president of the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association, has accepted the position.

He told GreeneCountyNewsOnline that he and his wife Deb hope to move to Jefferson. “We are looking forward to moving back to a smaller community and being a part of that again,” he said. “We are both from a small town, Griswold, and want to return and live in that type of community.” Continue reading DSM Roosevelt AD making a move to Greene County

Statehouse approves $139 per pupil increase

Greene County also getting $70,000 additional in transportation funding

Schools will receive an additional $139 per student in state funding for the 2019-20 school year with preK-12 education funding bills that have now been approved by the legislature. That’s a 2.06 percent increase over the current year.

The legislation increases funding to public schools by nearly $90 million, including $19 million for transportation equity and $2.9 million for per-student equity issues.
Continue reading Statehouse approves $139 per pupil increase

Jeff levy rate to decrease slightly

Taxpayers shouldn’t expect  lower tax bills

The proposed budget for the city of Jefferson for the fiscal year starting July 1 includes a 2-cent decrease in the levy rate, from $14.83 (per thousand dollars of taxable valuation) to $14.81. Most taxpayers won’t see a decrease in the city’s portion of their tax bill, though, because property valuations have increased and the rollback has changed. Continue reading Jeff levy rate to decrease slightly

Jeff council talks about state cap on property tax levies

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According to Jefferson mayor Craig Berry, gambling revenue is what’s keeping cities financially afloat, and he encouraged council members to lobby State Senator Jerry Behn and State Representative Phil Thompson to increase a state-mandated $8.10 (per thousand of taxable valuation) cap on cities’ general fund levy. Continue reading Jeff council talks about state cap on property tax levies

Township budget hearings set

Township boards have set public hearings on their Fiscal Year 2020 budgets as follows:

• Jackson – Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10 am in the county auditor’s office at the courthouse. Clerk Tom Lawton.
• Hardin – Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 am in the board room at the courthouse. Clerk Carla Haupert.

Laehn convening grand jury Tuesday

Thomas Laehn

Greene County attorney Thomas Laehn is convening a grand jury Tuesday not because there’s something amiss in the county, but because he can, because he should, and because it hasn’t been done in recent years.

Laehn, who was a university professor before he was a lawyer, often educates the county supervisors on various points of law. Monday’s lesson was on grand juries.

“The people of Greene County are the highest authority in the county. We all work for the people of Greene County,” Laehn said, and explained the grand jury as one way oversight is exercised. By the Code of Iowa, a grand jury should be in existence at all times. Continue reading Laehn convening grand jury Tuesday

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