Supervisors: Small governments budget as if funding will be there this year

‘I presume that’s what others are doing’

Uncertainty over how Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Legislature will address a major source of revenue for local governments affects officials of all kinds.

Webster County has not begun its budget discussions yet, but it will also need to consider what’s known as the property tax backfill, which is currently a concern for Fort Dodge City Council members doing budget work.

Asked if the board of supervisors was concerned, Supervisor Mark Campbell said: “Everybody is.”

“We will budget anticipating having it. I presume that’s what others are doing,” Campbell said. “Our legislators have met with us and they have assured us they do what they can to keep it there.

“We’re going to take them at their word, and continue moving forward. That’s all we can do.”

“The not knowing is probably the hardest part, because you can’t budget for what you don’t know,” Webster County Auditor Doreen Pliner said. “I would prefer the legislators would not implement it until it’s a time we could budget for it. That would be the preference. Make it so that everybody can be prepared for it, if you’re going to do it.”