Gene Meiners
Gene Meiners
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Carroll County Supervisor Gene Meiners, who represents a sweep of the county, has announced his bid for a fourth term in the office.

Meiners, 62, a Democrat, has been involved in public life since 1971 when he was city clerk for Templeton.

“I’m basically running again because I enjoy working with the people and for the people,” Meiners said.

He added, “We (Carroll County) are on the leading edge of things. I want to see us stay that way.”

Following his service as city clerk, Meiners, who lives in Templeton, was mayor of the city from 1979 through 2000 when he was elected to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors in District 3 — which includes Manning, Templeton, Roselle, Halbur, Arcadia and a good deal of incorporated area around those cities. He emerged in 2000 from a four-way Democratic primary and has faced independent candidates in all three of his general elections.

Meiners, the supervisor with the longest consecutive-service record on the current panel, said the five members work well on the budget, keeping taxes reasonable for Carroll Countians.

The countywide property-tax rate dropped from $6.06 per $1,000 taxable valuation in fiscal year 2010 to $5.05 this fiscal year, according to Carroll County Auditor Joan Schettler. That rate is expected to decrease to $4.53 per $1,000 taxable valuation for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Meiners serves as the supervisors’ representative on the Carroll Area Development Corp. and has been a leading voice for Carroll County in lobbying efforts in both Des Moines and Washington, D.C.

“We have to be aggressive and very much involved with our legislators,” Meiners said. “We have to be an activist through our own people.”

Meiners and his wife, Diane, have three children: Michelle Kelly, 40, of Grand Island, Neb., who works in accounting for a contractor there; Mindy Wittrock, 36, who works at Farner-Bocken in Carroll; and Mike Meiners, 34, who is with Wells-Fargo in Des Moines.

The filing period for county offices is from today through 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.

The primaries are June 5 with the general election Nov. 6.

The salary for a member of the Board of Supervisors is $27,327 in the next fiscal year.