Iron County to seek levy for 911 console

CRYSTAL FALLS – Iron County will place a millage request on November’s ballot to replace the county’s 911 dispatch radio console.

The proposal seeks a 0.2 mills, 20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value, to be levied for four years. This levy would raise an estimated $95,833 in the first year.

Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano assured the county board this week that this would not be a luxury purchase. He said the current dispatch console is about 15 years old and needs to be replaced.

“This is a fundamental piece of equipment that we need in place to stay in the dispatch business,” he said.

The replacement model sought is the MCC 7500 from Motorola, at a cost of approximately $390,000.

A motion to approve the ballot language and place the proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot was approved, with only Commissioner Carl Lind in opposition.

Commissioner Patti Peretto was not present.

In other business, the board was presented with the results of the 2013 audit by certified public accounting firm Anderson, Tackman, & Co., PLC.

For 2013, the county’s expenses totaled $7,670,571, revenues totaled $8,771997, and net transfers totaled $600,000, resulting in an increase in net position in the amount of $501,426.

The county’s general fund reported an increase in fund balance of $312,484 in 2013, representing a 15 percent increase, after revenues of $5,394,839 were compared to expenditures of $5,082,355.

In 2012, the general fund reported an increase of $203,677, or 10.8 percent.

Anderson, Tackman, & Co. made several recommendations to the board concerning minor budget violations, as well as correcting balance variances found while reconciling bank accounts.

A motion to accept the audit report as presented was approved unanimously.

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