The chairman of Story County's Board of Supervisors says they'll finish 2017 spending as much money as they brought in. Rick Sanders says the board may not be legally obligated to balance it's budget, but there is a good-government responsibility. He says a balanced budget and healthy reserve fund also gives the county necessary financial flexibility. Sanders says they're keeping a close eye on the 2018 legislative session, and whether or not lawmakers will make good on their promise for a $500,000 property tax backfill. Legislative leaders says a state budget gap means that backfill's not guaranteed next year.
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