Lynne Hermansen
Special to the Gardner News
Johnson County Commissioners discussed the 2013 State Legislative Platform and 2013 Joint County/City State Legislative Platform at their Nov. 15 meeting.
Fifth District Commissioner Michael Ashcraft was not in support of the platform and requested further discussion.
“It befuddles me as to what our strategy is,” he said. “I fear when we share with legislators we might be interpreted as talking out two sides of our mouth.”
Ashcraft said the Board’s posture should be that all exemptions are removed.
“I feel like this is the cause du jour, the cause of the moment,” he said. “It cumulatively undermines these entangled webs of tax responsibilities that benefit a narrow group.”
The platforms were approved by the Board.
The reallocation of fund balances from the Public Works, Developer Fees and Public Health Funds was, also, approved. These funds provide for the Public Works capital building project, Park & Recreation Aubry Township Park project in Stillwell and the Health and Environment department to account for additional grant funding.
An increase in environmental sanitary program code fees was addressed to the Board.
James Joerkie, Health and Environment Department Deputy Director, said an installation permit for septic tanks or pools would rise from $310 to $341.
Calvin Hayden, 6th District Commissioner, asked See
what was involved and why it was so expensive for a permit.
“This seems pretty expensive for doing something standard,” he said. “It seems pretty steep to me for doing paperwork.”
The topic was left for further review at a later date.