Johnson Co. sets public hearing for budget amended by $35.4 million

By Paul D. Bowker
Posted 11/9/21

A public hearing has been set for consideration of Johnson County’s amended budget, covering an additional $35.4 million in expenses for the current fiscal year.

The hearing will begin at 9 …

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Johnson Co. sets public hearing for budget amended by $35.4 million

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A public hearing has been set for consideration of Johnson County’s amended budget, covering an additional $35.4 million in expenses for the current fiscal year.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. November 23 in the Johnson County Boardroom, 913 S. Dubuque Street.

The Board of Supervisors approved the go-ahead for the public hearing at its formal session on November 4.

The county’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget of $144.1 million was approved by the Board of Supervisors in a 4-1 vote in March. The amendment, which covers the rest of the fiscal year to June 30, 2022, includes an additional $11.9 million for capital projects and $6.8 million for public health and social services.

The proposed amendment increases the budget to $179.5 million.

Dana Aschenbrenner, Johnson County Finance Director, said the changes will not cause an increase in taxes. The capital project additions are a result of projects budgeted for Fiscal Year 2021 that were delayed until this year, Aschenbrenner stated in his report. The amendment also includes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that the county will begin dispersing once approved by the board.

The amendment also reflects an additional $17.4 million in revenue and grants.

Details will be available at the public hearing.

The process for the Fiscal Year 2023 budget began with a board work session Monday, including an update and discussion on proposed ARPA projects and spending.

At its work session last week, the board heard requests totaling about $6 million for personnel additions tied to ARPA funding. Once the ARPA money runs out, the cost of those new employees would become a part of the county’s normal budget.

None of the ARPA requests has been approved just yet.

At the formal session on November 4, the board issued a proclamation in honor of Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11. A number of veterans spoke.

Supervisor Rod Sullivan said a Veterans Day ceremony will be held Thursday at the Blackhawk Mini Park on the Pedestrian Mall in Iowa City. A bell-ringing ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Due to the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, the board moved up its formal voting session to Tuesday this week. The board was to hold both the formal and work sessions Tuesday. The board will return to its normal Wednesday-Thursday scheduling format next week.

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