Commissioners hear tax report during Dec. 30 payday meeting

Marion County commissioners took care of routine business during its Dec. 30 payday session.

In addition to approving the payday figure of $1,157,981, the commissioners again received a separate report on sales tax revenue for December. According to county clerk Carol Maggard, $52,515 was collected for regular sales tax and $46,634 for sales tax collected to fund jail construction.

The commissioners approved a letter of support for the Tampa Fire Department, which is seeking a grant from the state.

The commissioners noted a downward trend in the amount of workman?s compensation paid for 2011 at $97,962 compared to more than $100,000 for each of the previous few years.

They also noted a downward trend in Marion County?s share of the 8th Judicial District contribution at $3,145.

The commissioners approved writing off county checks from 2009 amounting to more than $1,500 that were never cashed by the people to whom they were written.

At their Dec. 27 meeting, commissioners asked road and bridge director Randy Crawford to develop a strategy for better upkeep of gravel roads in the county that are frequently traveled, but seldom require major maintenance.

Crawford said although blacktop roads often are more expensive than gravel to begin with, they also are less expensive to maintain.

Commissioner Dan Holub suggested the county may want to approve heavier fines for theft of road signs because of the threats to public safety and convenience.

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