MARSHALL - Lyon County's auditor/treasurer will be stepping down after almost 30 years of serving the county. But with a major election and other big tasks facing the county, Auditor/Treasurer Paula VanOverbeke said Tuesday she will continue to work to help with the transition.
Members of the Lyon County Board voted to accept VanOverbeke's resignation and a phased retirement plan for her at their regular meeting Tuesday. Under the plan, which takes effect today, VanOverbeke will become deputy auditor/treasurer until March 1 and then retire.
VanOverbeke said Tuesday she would be retiring before the end of her current term as auditor/treasurer, but she had reached the retirement age set by PERA. At the same time, she said, she didn't want to leave while the auditor/treasurer's office is busy with November elections and tax calculations for 2013. Between now and March 1, she will be available to help continue that work and make a smooth transition to a new auditor/treasurer.
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Lyon County Commissioner Steve Ritter discussed the county’s 2013 budget and levy during Tuesday’s county board meeting. At left, Carolyn McDonald took minutes of the meeting.
Commissioners appointed Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg to serve as interim auditor/treasurer while they decide how to proceed with filling the position. The board also directed Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes to review state statutes on appointing an auditor/treasurer.
Stomberg said Tuesday that discussion of how to fill the auditor/treasurer's position could continue as soon as the board's next regular meeting.
Commissioners also revisited the subject of the county's preliminary 2013 levy. Stomberg presented the board with an updated budget and levy proposal, based on discussion from last week's county budget work session. The proposed budget and levy was a $27,000 increase over 2012, for a preliminary levy of $12.19 million.
Commissioners needed to approve a preliminary levy amount by Sept. 15, Stomberg said. The 2013 final levy could be lower, but not higher, than the preliminary levy.
Commissioner Steve Ritter proposed that the county keep the preliminary levy at a zero increase, while Commissioner Rodney Stensrud said he'd rather have a 1 percent or 1.5 percent increase.
"I'm willing to go down from that, but I want a little flexibility" in the budget process, Stensrud said.
Stomberg said a 1 percent levy increase would equal about $121,000.
A motion to set the preliminary levy increase at 1 percent failed in a 3-2 vote, with commissioners Ritter, Bob Fenske and Mark Goodenow voting against it. A motion to keep the preliminary levy the same as this year passed.
The county has not raised its levy since 2008.