Statement of Purpose
We, the OCTA, believe government exists to provide basic services at a reasonable cost to the residents of the community. We believe that government should be accountable to the tax payer for the level of service provided, the way it provides these services and for the cost of these services. The OCTA will assist both the taxpayer and the government entity to first: identify problems, second come up with solutions for problems, and finally, will provide a flow of information to and from the taxpayer to ensure these solutions are pursued and the accountability maintained.
See the agreement linked below.
A special meeting of the Osceola County Board of Supervisors was called for Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, to discuss one agenda item - the attached Memorandum of Understanding between Osceola County and the Cooperative Farmers Elevator. Language in the Memo, drawn up by the County's Des Moines bonding attorney, says "If CFE fails to complete the Project as has been presented to the County by the timeframe identified herein...." Why now? Where is this coming from? What does the bonding lawyer know that was not disclosed at the meeting?
To see the documentation on the liabilities the school board has with district employees (present & former) see the highlighted sections found on pages 37 thru 40 of the attached FY2015 audit.
See the report attached below of compensation (ending FY2016) for all state patrol officers, deputy state fire marshal, division of criminal investigation and division of narcotics investigation employees serving Osceola County, based out of the Spencer, Iowa post. The problem with excessive government spending does start in Washington. They set the poor example for Des Moines. And Des Moines sets the poor example for our county leaders. Keep in mind the average worker's salary in Osceola County is around $30,000 annually.
FY 2016 just ended (June 30th) and we received the total benefits listing for all county and public safety employees from the county auditor’s office. Do note there are two tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet attached below. The data is the same in both tabs. The one is sorted in declining amounts of total compensation from largest to smallest. (Note the header column is in red.) The second tab is the same data but sorted by department (we called it category) first and then by largest to smallest.
The obfuscation found in the county's records, where they attempt to establish the Harris TIF, has led to the farmers filing an amended petition for summary judgement asking the court to find the TIF illegal. They've also filed to remove the county's bond counsel as an expert witness, if it would still go to trial. This might be the lawyer Senator David Johnson recommended they need to get better counsel from. Taxpayers have paid Mr. Danos plenty already.
See their pleadings attached below.
See the attached ledgers from Osceola County of the taxpayer money received thru May of 2016 by the two newspapers in the county.
The OCTA conducted a FOIA public records request of the USDA for copies of all claim forms, loss reports, settlement statements and any other documents tied to taxpayer funded indemnity payments to Sonstegard Foods Company, Inc. and related entities, as a result of their Osceola County poultry operation contracting avian influenza. The 44 page report provided to us by the United States Department of Agriculture can be downloaded at the 2016-APHIS-03754-F link.
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Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber's violation of Deputy Sheriff Dan Minten's Constitutional liberty resulted in a $270,000 cash settlement, $95,000 of which was paid for by the county's insurance company. The remaining $175,000 was paid for by the taxpayers of Osceola County. We don't know yet what the increase in the insurance premium will be, due to this claim. See the legal settlement here.