Commissioners told tax can be paid with plastic

Marion County commissioners received a memo from County Treasurer Jeannine Bateman at their Monday meeting, informing them real and personal property taxes can now be paid by credit card.

The memo said the convenience fee is charged to the taxpayer, and will not be paid by the county.

Payments can also be made on-line at: or, and also by telephone: 1-800-2PAY-TAX.

Payments using electronic checks or e-checks can still use: just as before.

In the memo, Bateman stated the treasurer’s department is exploring uses of credit cards for payment of other county taxes and fees.

Commissioners also received a copy of a letter from Etherly Constructors, Inc., of Garden City to Reiss and Goodness Engineers stating their willingness to meet with Marion County officials on site to discuss road surface damage along 190th and Nighthawk.

The waterline project has taken longer than expected due to the wet weather, but the letter also stated they were “anxious” to complete the project, and to work closely and fairly with the county.

In his report to the commission, David Brazil, county planning and zoning, said there will be a work session for the planning and zoning committee at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 in the courthouse.

Commissioner Bob Hein said that was the same night for the mayor/ commissioners meeting, also at 7:30, but the location will be announced at a later date.

Sheriff Lee Becker announced Randy Brazil has been accepted as a deputy in the department, and Mike Fisher, Hillsboro, is the new corrections officer.

Becker said he regretted to announce the resignation of Deputy Rollin Schmidt, who has taken a position in the private sector.

The new sheriff’s department trucks will arrive April 16.

And Jag, the county drug dog, should be ready to go to work for the county by April 15.

The Marion County Department for the Elderly is a commodity distribution site for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and was visited by Doug Ferrell, commodity programs consultant for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Economic and Employment Support Food Distribution Unit.

In a letter to Noreen Weems, department director, Ferrell commended the staff “for doing a fine job.” No recommendations for changes was made at this visit.

In her monthly report to the commission, Weems thanks Commissioner Howard Collett for attending the March meeting to learn more about the senior citizens program in the county.

“National Volunteer Week” will be celebrated April 22-28 with the theme: “Volunteers Are Shining Stars.”

Weems also reported for the Marion County Substance Abuse Board. She said the board voted at its Jan. 15 meeting to discontinue financial support of high school after-prom parties. Since the board’s funds are obtained from the alcohol taxes on purchases in private clubs in the county, the balance of funds on hand is somewhat unpredictable, and must be carefully managed.

The board felt Marion and Hillsboro had strong support for their after-prom parties from organizations and parents.

They did agree to send $100 to the Peabody-Burns district for their after-prom party, and will be checking with other smaller communities within the county.

Weems said the board has decided to focus more on prevention, education and intervention in substance use/abuse.

In keeping with their focus, the board voted to pay $300 to the Marion County Youth Team, who is planning activities to make students and citizens more aware of the dangers of tobacco and other drugs.

The group is brining in Don Young, a cancer survivor, to speak to all Marion County middle and high school students.

He will speak at the Marion City Building Wednesday, March 28, at 9:15 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Young will speak in Hillsboro on Thursday and in McPherson later in the week.

Mike Olsen, county engineer, and Robson met with commissioners after lunch to go over the new trenching policy.

The next commission meeting will be a payday meeting, Friday, March 30.

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