Lee County wants to make sure its residents are aware of new farm operations that can be considered controversial at times.
The Board of Supervisors has stayed out of the discussion about hog confinements in the past.
Lee County has been one of the few counties in Iowa to reject the state DNR’s Master Matrix, which is a scoring system for such facilities. It has also avoided making a ruling on permits because the DNR has the final say.
Upcoming changes to Iowa’s mental health system may not impact Lee County in the short term.
The state will start covering the cost of Medicaid-endorsed services in July. That means there will be no more reimbursements for counties, which will drastically shrink budgets for mental health and other developmental disabilities.
What is left in the budgets will be primarily used to pay for services not covered by Medicaid.
Ryanne Wood oversees Lee County’s MHDD department. She says that is why efforts are underway to shift county-funded clients to Medicaid.