Johnson County officials discuss FY 2014 budget adjustments

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 06, 2013 5:00 AM

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Additional funds needed to rebuild one local bridge may lead the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to amend its current budget.

During a Thursday morning meeting in the Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque St., the supervisors discussed an amendment for fiscal 2014.

“A lot of it is just general housekeeping,” county finance administrator Dana Aschenbrenner said.

Among the major items on the updated budget is additional money necessary to rebuild Mehaffey Bridge, which crosses a portion of the Coralville Reservoir.

According to the Department of Transportation, an average of 3,410 people used the 50-year-old bridge each day in 2010.

The capital projects service area is the largest item on the amendment, at nearly $7.4 million.

Aschenbrenner said additional increased revenue includes property taxes, credits, and intergovernmental revenues.

In explaining the adjustments, Supervisor Rod Sullivan said the first draft of the budget didn’t account for what he referred to as “unknowns.”

The Mehaffey Bridge project was one of these unknowns, he said.

The supervisors are expected to vote on the amendment during their Sept. 12 meeting.

— by Daniel Seidl

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