The Ford County Commission heard a report from County Auditor Pat Friess that the county mill levy will decrease from 7.494 percent to 7.326, a decrease of .168 mills for the county 2019 budget.

“The assessed valuation from (20)18 to (20)19 has gone up just about a little over $7 million, so an increase in evaluation helps a decrease in the mill levy,” Friess said.

The commission also approved the adoption of a resolution regarding the El Palomino Ranch, Inc.

The update was done “for the purpose of the continuation of a established a bull riding, rodeo, and horse racing facility,” according to the resolution.

Per the conditions of the permit, El Palomino must decrease noise volume all outdoor events must end by midnight. Permanent indirect lighting should be incorporated. El Palomino has built an open-sided structure for noise suppression, according to the resolution.

Local citizens have complained about volume of the music at the events.

The change to the resolution was approved by the commission 3-0 Monday.

The commission also voted to send a letter of support asking the demolition of the old officers’ barracks at Fort Dodge be moved back to Jan. 1, 2019.

The next commission meeting was scheduled for Sept. 4, a day later than normal due to Monday Sept. 3 being Labor Day.