This Week in Lincoln County – August 14, 2017

Summer keeps flying by and we are enjoying some atypical weather for the month of August. I for one have no complaints of the below normal temps. Kids are getting back to school and our road crews are still out working on projects, so I encourage everyone to be extra cautious in their travels.

A few items of interest that the Commission has been working on are below.
• On August 3, 2017, we hosted our appreciation lunch for County employees. The meal is paid for with the proceeds from our soda/snack vending machines and offers all employees the opportunity to enjoy some BBQ and get to know other employees that work in other operations. County Clerk Crystal Hall takes care of the details, Election Supervisor Mike Kreuger shows off his culinary skills, and elected officials and the rest of the clerk’s staff serve/clean up. This is just a small expression of our appreciation for the great job our employees do in their various capacities.
• We are currently hiring at our Road and Bridge Department for a variety of positions. The unseasonably fair weather has helped us to accomplish a number of projects, and while some may see this as an opportunity to take a little break before fall, we see this as a chance to continue moving forward. We are even making some preliminary preparation for 2018 projects. Our focus remains CONSISTENT IMPROVEMENT and we need more willing workers, so if you know someone looking for a good, steady career have them stop by our shop at 219 Highway H in Troy to fill out an application.
• We have begun our calculations for 2017 tax levies, and as expected, preliminary indications are that the rates will be rolled back to offset a portion of the valuation increases. While there are a number of statutes that make me scratch my head, the laws governing the setting of tax levies are an effective system of checks and balances to prevent governments from engaging in wholesale pillaging when it comes to the taxation of real and personal property.

That’s all I have time for now. As always, call, e-mail or stop by the Courthouse if you have questions. Until next week…

Dan Colbert
Presiding Commissioner

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