Board Requests Reports From Ag Society Showing Tax Dollar Spending

COLUMBUS –  The Platte County Board is approving a request for two new reports from the Ag Society, detailing how county tax dollars are being spent.

The Platte County Board approved a budget lowering the amount of money being given to the Platte County Ag Society to operate Ag Park, from the $505,790 that was given last fiscal year to the $500,000 budget that was approved in late August. Board members said they were lowering the budget in an effort to get better cooperation from the Ag Society, in regards to the request for specific budget numbers that show how tax dollars are being spent.

The Ag Society sent a request letter to board members in late August asking for a raise in their budget for the new fiscal year; $307,374 for general operations, $119,878 for building and grounds, and $87,137 for the Fair. Board members thought these numbers were too general and didn’t show the difference between expenditures of tax dollars versus money that comes into Ag Park through events and the Fair Park Grille.

Platte County Board Chairman Jim Scow says he thinks the request for new reports that was approved on Tuesday will help fix  communication between the board and the Ag Society.

There’s been so much, I’ll use the term misinformation, between us and them and I would like to build a report between us and them that allows each party to gain respect for the other and move forward in a mutual basis, other than what’s been going on in the past,” says Scow.

The board approved a request Tuesday for two reports to be submitted from the Ag Society which includes a budget for tax dollars for the 2017-18 fiscal year, and a report that details how tax dollars were spent during the 2016-17 fiscal year. As a part of the request, they want the Ag Society to also submit quarterly reports detailing the same information.

Platte County Board Supervisor Robert Lloyd was absent at Tuesday’s meeting and the board will meet again on October 4th. All board members present approved the motion.