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Thursday, February 11, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen FROM THE DESK OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE KENT SORENSON We are four weeks into this legislative session. The majority of our time has been spent dealing with the budget crisis that has been created by irrespon- sible spending and bad budget decisions. During Governor Culver's term, the gap between state spending and revenue has skyrocketed. In FY2009, the spending gap was $400 million, which increased to $800 million in FY2010. Fiscal Services is now esti- mating a $1.1 billion spending gap for FY2011. One of the ways that the majority party has chosen to deal with this gap is to sponsor HF2001, which allows Iowa school dis- tricts to shift up to $380 million in employee ben- efit costs from the general fund to property taxes. If passed, HF2001 could re- sult in up to $380 million in additional property taxes for Iowans - so much for "not raising your taxes." (Governor Culver's words.) Another way that the majority party plans to deal with the budget mess is to create yet another new operating structure of state government. Demo- cratic-leaders of the State Government Reorganiza- tion committee claim that there are "scores of mil- lions of dollars to be saved." However, last week we learned that the current recommended changes yield $1.7 million in FY2010. $28.9 million in the second year and $66.7 million in FY2012, which is far short of the earlier prediction of $200 million in savings from the chairs of the State Government Reorganization Commit- tee, or the Governor's pre- diction of $341 million. If you were to go into a OFFICIAL PUBLICATION Form 644 RECEMSLL J NOTICE OF PUBMC HEARING - PFcOPOSED BUDGET I DISTRICT NAME: Fiscal Year July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 Lakewood Ben Recreational Lake The Board of Trustees of the above-named District will conduct a public hearin9 on the proposed fiscal year [ Meeting Date: [ Meeting Time: I Meetin~l Location: 2/24/2010 ] 5:30 PM Lakewood Offices, 142 Hwy 28, Norwalk, IA At the public hearing any resident or taxpayer may present objections to, or arguments in favor of, any part of the proposed budcjet. This notice represents a summary of the suPPiOrtin~l detail of receipts and expenditures on fill with the Clerk/ I Clerk/Secretary Telephone Number: District Clerk/Secretary Name: 515-287-1804 / Rick Hardy FUND (Use VVholl Dollars) 1. General 2. C~bt Service 3. TOIAL PROFr'~EE~ BUDGET SUIWWIARY A B C Expenditures FYE 6-30-2009 FYE 6-30-2010 FYE 6-30-2011 Actual Re-estimated Proposed 188,70E 687,65C 8,859,96(; 188,70E 687,65C 8,859,96(; D Estimated Ending Fund Balance June 30, 2011 Iowa Department of Management 92,543 3 E Estimated July 1, 2010 Beg. Balance and All Other Receipts 8,813,393 F Estimated "Amount (C+D-E) TO Be Raised By Taxation 139,11C 139,11F Proposed taxation rate per $1,0OO valuation: 92,543 8.813.393 Form 653A Miscellaneous (revised 1999) OFFICIAL PUBLICATION Iowa Department of Management Reasons for increases: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING -- AMENDMENT OF CURRENT BUDGET The trustees of L.akewood Benefited Recreational Lake District (Board) (Municipality) of~ Warren County, iowa will meet at: Lakewood Office, 142 Hwy 28, Norwalk, IA (Place of Meeting) February ~ 20_10 , at _5:30 P.. m. for the purpose of amending the current _Lakewood Benefited Recreational Lake District (Date) (Hour) (Municipality) budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 20_10, by increasing expenditures in the following funds: General Fund from $ 187,650 to $___687,650___ Fund from $ to $ Fund from $. to $ Expenditures of FEMA grant funds awarded after the original budget was approved. , on DHS office, you would see sighs declaring that social security numbers are not verified. Every year the people of Iowa spend mil- lions of taxpayer dollars on services that are used by illegal immigrants. I have drafted a bill that re- quires the DHS to validate the social security number of all applicants before ser- vices are granted. The de- partment would need to incorporate the verifica- tion requirement into all application processes in the most cost-effective manner. This action would save our state close to $100 million per year. As I write this newslet- ter, I am struck by the enor- mity of the job that lies ahead particularly with Governor Culver and the Democratic Party in con- trol of the legislature. I would ask that all of you stay informed and in- volved in the business of your government and make your voice heard. CITY HAS VACANCIES ON TWO BOARDS The City of Norwalk is looking for two volunteers from the community to serve in an advisory capac- ity to the mayor and city council. There is one vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission, which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. There is also a vacancT on the Board of Adjust- ment, which meets on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are created when a mem- ber moves permanently The increase in expenditures set out above will be met from increased receipts and/or cash balances not budgeted or considered in the current budget. There will be no increase in taxes to be paid in the fiscal year ending June 30, 20_06. Any residents or taxpayeg~ill be heard for or against the proposed amendment at the time and place specified above. A detailed statement of: additional receipts (other than taxes), cash bala~Zon ~lnd a~t~ close of the preceding fiscal year, and proposeddisbursements, both past and anticipated, will be available at the hearing. . /~/. ~_~7~pl~4~f..~ Ric~-Hardy, Secretary (/~/Secretary) from the city or when the term ends. The City of Norwalk makes every effort to orga- nize a diversified group of citizens representing gen- der balance, as well as a variety of ages and inter- ests. If you are interested in volunteering to serve in Introducing Trevor Brockett- one of Norwalk's own. NORW Come in and say "Hi." TIRE|AUTO CENTER 1010 Sunset Drive (Rwy 28) Norwalk, IA 50211 (515) 981-4522 1010 Sunset Dr., (Hwy 28), Norwalk Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30-6 p.m.; Sat. 7:30-noon 981-4522 N@RWALR TIREOAUTO CENTER 1010 Sunset Drive (Hwy 28} Norwalk, IA 50211 (515) 981-4522 1010 Sunset Dr., (Hwy 28), Norwalk 981-4522 $129.95 Brake System Flush $129.95 Fuel System Service and Flush $129.95 Transmission Flush $129.95 Coolant Flush Includes BG Chemicals. $49.95 $26.95 (Diesel) (Gas) OIL CHANGE OIL CHANGE Includes: Disposal Fees, Hazardous Waste Fees, Top Off All Under Hood Fluids, Multi-Pt. Inspection, Up to 5 Qts. Synthetic Blend Oil & Filter (Up to 12 Qts. for Diesels) either of these two capaci- ties, submit, in writing, your desire and send to Mike Johnson, 705 North Ace., Norwalk, IA 50211 or send to mikejohnson @ci.norwalk.ia.us. Call 911 for emergencies! LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p,m. Closed Sundays (Memo~ Day-Labor Day)