Supervisors Approve Property Tax Request; Total Operating Budget Up 14.4%

The Custer County Board of Supervisors had one item left to approve concerning the budget on Tuesday, September 28. The property tax request, which was delayed from the earlier meeting in September, was unanimously approved completing the budget process. The 2021-22 property tax request for all county funds will be set at $7,213.418.79 which is $227,217.79 higher than last year’s asking.

In the resolution it states, the total assessed value of the property differs from last year’s total assessed value by -0.8%. Through the adoption of the property tax asking the tax rate will increase to $0.209046 per $100 of assessed value. Based on the proposed property tax request changes in other revenue, the total operating budget of $34,531,688 for the county will differ from last year by 14.4%.

Bridge bids were also on the agenda with a decision on the bids being tabled until the next meeting. Three bids were received for bridge materials on two different bridges from Ace Manufacturing, Midwest Construction, and Contech Construction. Four additional companies also put forward bids for the construction of the bridges which would not begin construction until the fall of 2022.

Highway Superintendent Chris Jacobsen did say the highway department could also do the work for less than what it would take to hire someone, but the board was concerned the department would be overwhelmed. Jacobsen said the department was just looking for direction from the board and just simply needed to know whether to put the construction projects on their schedule or not for next year.

Also approved during the meeting was the placement of a drop box at the Custer County Judicial Center (not to exceed $1,000), change the manager application for the Broken Bow Golf Club to Faith Oberg, and approve the certification of indirect cost allocation from WJE Consulting.