County sees its property, liability insurance premium decreased
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County will be spending $23,471.63 less on its property and liability insurance in the upcoming year, mostly due to no longer owning the former county care facility building.
Last year, Henry County spent $178,354.66 on property and liability insurance, Mike Vens, insurance agent, told the board of supervisors on Thursday morning. That amount will decrease by about 13 percent for 2013, down to $152,883.03.
One of the driving forces behind this decrease, said Vens, is that the county is no longer using the former county care facility and has now sold that property.
The sale of that property decreased the county’s property coverage by $11,852 from $66,163 to $54,311 and its general liability has decreased by $9,368 from $58,517 to $49,149.
Another factor is the county’s credit voucher, which is the amount of money that is returned to the county. Last year, the county had a credit voucher of $8,476, but in the upcoming year it will have a credit voucher of $10,081 — an increase of $1,335.
In other business, the supervisors received a budget request from the Henry County Agricultural Association (fair board), asking that the county contribute $20,000 in the upcoming fiscal year.
Association Treasurer Steven Brimhall also provided the supervisors with a financial report and summary from the 2012 fair.
One of the things the association is working on is becoming a 501c3.
Currently, the association is “just a non-profit,” said Brimhall. However, he explained, if the association becomes a 501c3, it may qualify for donations from more area businesses.
The association would also like to construct another building at McMillan Park that will be air-conditioned so that more events can be held inside. Construction can be difficult, said Brimhall, as the association must turn over any new buildings to the City of Mt. Pleasant, as the city owns the property.
“We have access to 40-80 acres of ground to do our stuff, but we don’t own it,” said Brimhall. “We actually own the ticket booth … that’s the only one we own.”
Construction projects also include partnering with the City of Mt. Pleasant and Midwest Old Threshers.
The supervisors will be taking the association’s request into consideration when it is developing the 2013-2014 budget in early 2013.
Last year, the association also requested $20,000, though the supervisors choose to only contribute $16,000.
The supervisors heard a monthly update from County CPC (central point of coordination) Sarah Kaufman and signed a 28E agreement to fill the 8B judicial patient advocate position.
The patient advocate serves four counties — Henry, Des Moines, Lee and Louisa — and is appointed by the court, though the county pays for the position.