County sales tax lagging through July

Marion County commissioners met Friday instead of Monday to sign county paychecks. The next scheduled meeting will be 9 a.m. Monday, October 9.

Carole Maggard, county clerk, presented the sales tax collection report for July.

The amount brought in for July was $34,749. For the year, the amount collected is down $22,689 from the same time last year.

Commissioners wondered why the figure was so much less.

“The weekend of Art in the Park (in Marion), and Arts and Crafts (in Hillsboro) will help bring it up,” said Linda Peterson, commission chair. “But surely not that much.”

Peterson announced the Kansas Clean Sweep program would be in Marion, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Marion Weed Office on North Coble.

The program is a waste pesticide collection program sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Any current, canceled, unwanted, unused, obsolete or damaged pesticide is eligible for the program.

Farmers and ranchers are encouraged to search their barns, sheds and chemical storage areas for canceled products. The continued use of some canceled products may be illegal.

Some pesticides listed for disposal include:Aldrin, carbon tetrachloride, chlordane, chlordimeform, daminozide, DBCP, DDT, dieldrin, dinoseb, ethylene dibromide, endrin, ENP, Heptachlor, Kepone, Pentachlorophenol, Silvex, 2,4,5-T, Toxaphene, and trichlorophenol.

Peterson said about 34,000 pounds of pesticide have been removed from the state to date.

Any farmer or rancher who operates in Kansas is eligible for the program, but in order to have enough help and equipment for each collection site, participants in the program are asked to preregister.

To preregister call 1-800-282-9790, or call the Marion County Noxious Weed office at 382-3190.

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