Top Priority : Public Safety
9:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Des Moines County Budget Survey

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors now has a better idea of how residents want their tax dollars spent in the upcoming fiscal year.

The county is utilizing a new budgeting method, where departments are funded based on a priority list.

That list will be developed based on input from the supervisors, elected leaders, department heads, and members of the public.

The public input came in the form of a community survey, which was available online and in paper form.

It asked residents to rank nine services on a scale of one to four, with one being not important and four being very important.

Sixty surveys were returned, which Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Beck says is a good start and very useful.

The top priority for residents was public safety, which received 42 "fours," 9 "threes," 1 "two," and 8 "one."

It was followed by facility maintenance/development and GIS/Information technology.

The lowest service was the Des Moines County Fair, which received 8 "fours," 13 "threes," 19 "twos," and 20 "ones."

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors are in the midst of their annual budget workshops with department heads and elected leaders.