CLEAR LAKE – Republican Casey Callanan announced that he’s seeking re-election as a Cerro Gordo county Supervisor. Among what he described as “pro-taxpayer accomplishments” achieved in his term, he cited his supportive role in having lowered the county’s tax levy during each year since he was elected. Callanan said, “We’ve lowered our countywide levy by 13% in recent years, which helps Cerro Gordo remain competitive, in terms of it being attractive to potential employers and being an affordable, desirable place to live, work, and raise families”.
Callanan’s actions have helped county taxpayers to save at least $4.4 Million, by phasing out, what had been costly health benefits for employees who retired while in their fifties. $473,000 was saved by changing mental health region’s as well as a $231,000 savings by refinancing the county jail debt. Also noteworthy, he said, he has turned down six consecutive pay raises recommended by the County Compensation Board.
In addition to looking at the bottom line, Callanan recognizes amenities are important to our community as he was instrumental in relocating a county shed to ensure a new park be established near the Clear Lake pool.
“I promised the voters that, if elected, I’d do my level best to run Cerro Gordo county the same way I run my business,” Callanan said. “Here, we take good care of our people, while serving as careful stewards of our resources. The key to successful management is balancing that out, which I’ve done. The job isn’t finished, however, which is why I’d like to serve for another term.”
Callanan, 41, lives in Clear Lake, with his wife, Hunter. He’s a graduate of Clear Lake High School, NIACC and Iowa State University.