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In 1998, this Office issued a formal Attorney General's Opinion on the question of whether a local emergency management commission needs approval from the county board of supervisors in order to levy a special tax for funding its services. ...this Office concluded that a "county emergency management commission needs approval from the county board of supervisors in order to levy a special tax for funding its services."

Last year, however, the Iowa Legislature amended section 29C.l7(2)(a)...the Legislature struck the requirement that the special levy be approved by the county board of supervisors. The amended statutory language appears to be fairly straightforward and speaks for itself.

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We feel that it would be best to maintain the fund as a separate fund and make any short or long-term investments separately from county fund investments.

It is our opinion that this language entitles the local emergency management fund to retain the interest earnings.

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County supervisors lack statutory authority to place a local emergency management commission, comprised of representatives from the county as well as from cities within the county, under the control of the county sheriff or some other county office. (Kempkes to Wolf, Clinton County Attorney, 9-21-00) #00-9-2(L)

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A county emergency management commission needs approval from the county board of supervisors in order to levy a special tax for funding its services. (Kempkes to Gordon, Administrator, Emergency Management Division, Iowa Department of Public Defense, 7-8-98)

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A city may not withdraw from a statutorily mandated joint disaster services administration. In the event that other funds are not available by voluntary contributions from participating cities and the county, the joint administration has the authority to adopt a budget and certify that budget to the county board of supervisors which will levy sufficient taxes to satisfy the certified budget. (Robinson to Wilson, Jasper County Attorney, 2-20-92)

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― The 9 11 Commission Report