Commissioners hear report of trends in Marion County

Marion County commissioners received information on a budgeting database set up the Office of Local Government at Kansas State University Extension Office at their April 17 meeting.

John Leatherman, director, presented the report on fiscal conditions and trends for Marion County from 1989 through 1997.

Leatherman said they created their own accounting template based on information from all of the counties? budgeting systems.

?We hope you?ll find this a useful additional piece of information,? he said.

The report shows expenditures by function and revenues by source.

To show the actual change, the information has been adjusted inflation since 1992.

?We are trying to get the trends beneath the effects of inflation,? Leatherman said.

They plan to update the information annually and have it ready by March or April of each year. It will be available through the local extension office.

Linda Peterson, commission chair, said the information would be beneficial and was glad to have it.

In other business:

— The commissioners approved conditional-use permits for Myron Schmidt for a golf course and Mark and Sara Meisinger for a corn maze. They also approved a resolution changing Jake Richert?s and Clay Tajchman?s properties from agricultural to rural residential. Tajchman will be assessed a fine for not following the process to begin building.

— Commissioners accepted a bid from The County Seat in Marion for new carpet for the main office in the sheriff?s department for $2,000.

— The commission was presented with an idea for a fireworks display at the Marion County Lake on Sept. 1, the Friday before Labor Day. The cost would be $3,500. Commissioners said they would look at the money available and see if they could pay for it.

— Peabody Mayor N.M. Patton and David Oursler presented a request to have seven blocks of Peabody Street redone as part of the roads project. The commissioners said they did not think there would be money for it this year but would check with the engineer on the cost.

— Cindy McAsey, Green Thumb, presented the commissioners with information about the Green Thumb program. It is a non-profit program for individuals 55 and over to receive employment training. There are six people in Marion County in the program.

Peterson will write a letter of support for an early head start program to be started in Marion County.

— Bids were received for a used tractor from Straub International, Ag Power and G&R Implement. The information will be looked over by the roads and bridge department and a recommendation will be made next week.

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