County board sets preliminary levy
Complying with state statutes, the Cook County commissioners
set the preliminary 2013 tax levy for the Cook County – Grand Marais
Economic Development Authority (EDA) at their Sept. 18 meeting, but
that figure—which was left unchanged from the current rate—is far from
a done deal.
The discussion was sparked when Auditor-Treasurer Braidy Powers told
the board that the preliminary levy has to be set and turned in to the
state for certification before Oct. 1. “That means you have to either
set it this week, or at your meeting next week.” However, he added,
the number can be changed—up or down—any time before the end of the
year when the budget is finalized. “All you have to do today is give
me a number to plug in and send to the state.”
“This is something we’re going to have to have a meeting with them
for,” said Board Chair Jan Hall. “It needs some more discussion.”
As there were many unknowns, Commissioner Jim Johnson suggested the
EDA’s levy amount remain at $148,566. “This obviously needs more
discussion. We can add to it later if we need more for the bond
At Hakes’ suggestion, that discussion will take place with a joint
meeting of the county board, city council and EDA board. “They (EDA)
can come to us and present their plans and tell us how they’re going
to spend the money, and answer our questions and concerns,” she said.
A date for that meeting will be announced soon.