Sales tax drop eases for June, clerk reports

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JERRY ENGLER
Sales tax received in August for June collections was down as it has been all year, but not as badly, County Clerk Carol Maggard told the Marion County Board of Commissioners Friday.

The latest figure of $36,475.68, which compares to $36,503.40 for June 2002, leaves the county down $18,029.04 for the year compared to a year ago.

Maggard said “it is striking” that the downward trend in collections began right after the terrorists’ attack Sept. 11, 2001.

The monthly figure had been running in the in the $47,000 to $48,000 range for past Septembers, but dropped from $47,474.07 collected in 2000 to $35,864.08 in 2001. By 2002 it had recovered to $41,135.04.

The commissioners conducted a routine payday meeting, with a payday total of $643,039.81, and then recessed until afternoon to hold executive session to meet with applicants to fill the vacancy for an emergency medical service director when JoAnn Knak.

Maggard discussed plans for Christmas holiday dates in 2004, and their attendance this fall at the Kansas Association of Counties meeting in Overland Park.

The commissioners decided not to change plans for the annual county employees Christmas party this year despite the tight budget restrictions they have had to deal with.

They said none of them could “be a grinch” when it came to the Christmas morale for employees, the recognition given at the meeting to new employees, and the pins and awards that normally are presented.

Appraiser Dianna Carter brought a “phase delineation chart” required by the state for the commissioners to sign their agreement to. The chart indicates when she will complete certain task in 2005.

Gerald Kelsey, road and bridge director, said rights of way and property acquisitions have been completed with landowners Clarence Bartel and Jim Donahue for construction of a bridge at Durham.

He presented road crossing permits which the commissioners approved for Tri-County Telephone Co. in its effort to upgrade telephone lines in the Lost Springs to Burdick area.

Commission Chairman Howard Collett said the county is receiving public compliments on the road surface on Lost Springs road.

Kelsey said the surface was in part experimental because millings from old highway surface was used as a base. He also reported resurfacing of the Tampa road complete as of Thursday.

The commissioners awarded split bids on area fuel. Cardie Oil Co. won Area 2 for 2,150 gallons of diesel at $0.9897 a gallon for a total of $2,127.86. Cooperative Grain & Supply got the bids for Area 1 for 800 gallons of diesel at $0.9945 a gallon for $795.69, Area 3 for 1,800 gallons of diesel at $0.9945 a gallon for $1,790.10, and Area 4 for 1,800 gallons of diesel also at $0.9945 for $1,790.10.

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