Supervisors pull off a surprise and approve 21-22 maximum tax levy
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors — in somewhat of a surprise — Monday morning approved the maximum tax levy it will be able to set for the 2021-22 fiscal year that begins on July 1.
Although the levy rate will actually drop, because of the rise in valuations, the county will receive 3.65 percent more from local property owners for general services and 3.25 percent for its rural services fund.
In a story that appears in this Tuesday’s Tribune, which went to print before Monday’s meeting, Board Chairman Rick Holthaus said he doubted that the supervisors would be able to muster four votes to approve the maximum levy. Because the “tax-asking” increased by more than 2 percent, a “super majority” was needed to pass the measure.
And in a discussion that grew testy at times and lasted for more than 1 1/2 hours, it appeared that the measure would fail because two supervisors — Jacob Hackman and Tim Zoll — expressed their opposition to the maximum levy.
Board member Matt Kuhn, though, said he believes supervisors will take one last hard look at budgets for the upcoming year and see if they can find savings.
“This is just one step,” Kuhn said, “and do I think the budgets are tight? Absolutely, but I’m willing to look and see if there are savings. The bottom line is if we approve this, it doesn’t mean we can’t lower it next month.”
In the end, Holthaus, Kuhn, Byrne and Zoll voted to approve the maximum levy, leaving Hackman as the lone no vote.
The county is set to hold its second public hearing and approve a final budget and tax levy at its March 15 meeting.
— For more on this story, see the Feb. 25 Reporter and the March 2 Tribune