Scott County Commissioners battle over budget 20 Sep 11

Scott County Commissioners can’t seem to agree on the best way to balance the budget.

Despite approving a 2012 tax levy of 0.9 percent last week, board members didn’t see eye-to-eye on the best way to reach that preliminary number.

Commissioner Dave Menden suggested the county complete only half of its proposed 2012 road projects, saying residents would rather forego road work than pay more property taxes. He recommended putting the tax levy increase to a public vote on a November ballot.

The other commissioners disagreed, and County Administrator Gary Sheldon called Menden’s idea to use one-time dollars the “worst way” to balance the budget. The board voted 4-1 for the preliminary levy and has until December to adjust its budget.