BV Chapter DAR Hears BV Co. Supervisor Rhonda Ringgenberg

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Regent Sue Nielsen and BV County Supervisor Rhonda Ringgenberg. / Photo submitted

Buena Vista Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, were delighted to have as their guest speaker Rhonda Ringgenberg at their September meeting.

She is Buena Vista County Supervisor for District 4, first elected in 2008. Buena Vista County elects five Supervisors who serve four-year, staggered terms.

The Supervisors are the executive and administrative branch of county government.

They are responsible for the unincorporated areas of the county. Mrs Ringgenberg explained the different areas which the supervisors deal with as part of their job.

The most important is the budget for county offices and services. Supervisors approve of the budget and levy property taxes to raise the needed revenue.

The county’s financial year runs from July 1 through June 30. The supervisors review and order payments of claims against the county.

They approve homestead and military service tax credit applications. They also manage all the county building and grounds.

The secondary road systems require construction and maintenance with projects throughout the county.

Drainage systems are another area demanding supervisors attention. The health and social service needs of county residents is overseen as well. The supervisors approve applications, on behalf of the State of

Iowa, for beer and liquor sales in the unincorporated areas, and make appointments to nonelected county offices, boards, and commissions.

They also fill vacancies in county offices between elections (except for supervisors). Supervisors make the official canvass of votes cast in Buena Vista County for elections.

Something that many people do not realize is that county supervisors are members of local, regional, and state committees and boards which deal with many of the responsibilities listed above.

The DAR members were able to ask questions of Mrs Ringgenberg about her experiences and the shared concerns with surrounding counties.

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