County Takes Next Step in Radio Project

Mahaska County Supervisors moved a step closer to obtaining a radio system to upgrade and enhance emergency communications with action taken at Monday’s regular meeting. The $4.3 million dollar project estimate request for proposal is for project management and tower site development.

According to the resolution, the supervisors will enter a general obligation loan agreement not to exceed $5.5 million to pay for the project. Supervisor chair Mark Groenendyk said the cost of the radios and other equipment is projected to be a little over $1 million. This part of the project will be purchased by the 911 Service Board using surcharge money.

“So that will not come off of the property taxes of Mahaska County,” he said. “We are in the process of working with a bonding agency. We’re working with the 911 board and the county board of supervisors to draw up that contract that’s got the final number of what needs to be tax levied every year to cover the final bonding dollar.”

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