Board Approves Property Tax Levy, Discusses COVID Vaccination Clinic
by Joseph Schany
The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors gathered Tuesday morning for a regular session meeting to discuss ongoing county business.
Sarah Strohman, Director of Palo Alto County Public Health, was not available for this week’s meeting. In lieu of speaking to the Board, Strohman sent a brief message explaining that last week’s COVID vaccine clinic for the county’s elderly population, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17, had been canceled due to not receiving the expected shipment of vaccine because of inclement weather.
As of Tuesday, the next scheduled public vaccine clinic will be held Friday, March 5 at the Graettinger Family Practice Clinic. The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and will be open to individuals age 65 and older from Palo Alto County. Clinic appointments will be scheduled by phone only. The call center will be open Monday, March 1 at 1 p.m. to schedule 100 appointments, and the phone numbers to call are 712-852-5422, 712-852-5518 or 712-852-5512. Phone calls will be accepted until all appointments are full or until 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.
In a recent update Strohman pointed out that if the phone just rings and no one is answering, it is because phone operators are already on the line with another caller and not ignoring your calls. Furthermore, because of call volume, Public Health will not have time to check voicemails and asks that no voicemails regarding vaccine scheduling be left. Callers are being instructed to continue redialing the numbers.
“We understand that this process can be frustrating and ask for continued patience and understanding as we work through this current vaccination phase,” said Strohman. “We also understand that 100 doses a week is a small amount of vaccine compared to the number of people wanting it. We are doing our best to ensure doses get out to qualifying people each week.”
Additional information or changes regarding vaccine clinics can be found on Facebook (Palo Alto County Health System, Iowa).
FY22 Property Tax Levy
The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the proposed FY22 property tax levy.
“This is a public hearing that the state legislature put in place two years ago,” explained Carmen Moser, Palo Alto County Auditor. “This is our second year for it and this is for next year’s budget starting July 1st. It shows that we are decreasing the General County Services levy by 5.83 percent and the Rural County Services levy is going up 1.99 percent.”
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