According to a report in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, county government will have to do less, with less.
County Engineer Greg Parker indicated that expenditures for roads were anticipated to be higher this year, yet the budget remained flat.
Without question the flood of 2008 and a harsh 2007/2008 winter hit Mr. Parker's Deparment hard. The county had to react to the flooding and that's understood. But what county didn't do was get proactive with the budget for roads. They knew costs were going up. The rise in cost for gravel, salt and construction were all noted in the article. So the failure to properly budget with that knowledge is poor management.
From the article: For example, Parker said the department is putting less rock on gravel roads in an effort to cut expenditures. The cost of rock has increased by an average of 4 percent in each of the last three years.
County has realized increased costs for three years, yet the budget remained flat. County government increased their overall budget by over 13% for fiscal year 2009, but the money for roads remained flat. How responsible is that? County can buy new furniture, give themselves raises, and ask for $20 million MORE to buy up some land for unspecified uses, but virtually IGNORE one of their primary duties? Buying new furniture is more important than road maintenance? Supervisors get a pay raise and now residents have to drive on poorer quality roads?
That's unacceptable. Supervisor priorities are out of whack, they lack proper focus.
Contact Supervisor Chair Rod Sullivan and give him your two cents: