Commissioners seeking help during search for appraiser

The Marion County Board of Com?missioners met Thursday, Oct. 31, in a $98,991.14 payday session.

County Clerk Tina Spencer reported the county received $55,395.18 in regular sales tax and $48,689.17 in special jail sales tax from the state for collections in August, sent to the state in September, and disbursed to the counties in October.

The commissioners asked Pam Palmer of McCully & Associates, who has already been contracted with the county for eight years to help meet state appraisal requirements, to further assist the county with doing required reappraisals until a new county appraiser is hired.

The commissioners have said it is difficult for a predominantly rural county like Marion to meet state requirements in hiring a new county appraiser because the state averages it in with much wealthier urban counties.

Commissioner Roger Fleming said the county has become mired in trying to attract applicants for the appraiser position, and needs time ?to get it moving down the road.?

The commissioners approved a road and bridge area fuel bid of $16,631 for 5,300 gallons of diesel from Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro over a competitive bid of $16,813 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.

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