County sales tax raises $52,164 in December

During its Feb. 28 payday meeting for the Marion County Commission, County Clerk Tina Spencer said sales taxes received from the state in February for collections in December were $52,164.31 for the regular tax and $45,523.50 for the jail bond sales tax.

At the suggestion of Commissioner Randy Dallke, the commissioners voted 3-0 to have road and bridge build a driveway to the south side of the courthouse.

The project was enabled by the recent removal of the old jail building, and possible removal of two trees, to allow parking spaces for persons with disabilities to have easy access to sidewalk and courthouse wheelchair ramp entry.

Commissioner Roger Fleming said he liked the suggestion of a 25-by-25-foot parking pad.

Commissioner Dan Holub said the project could be done relatively ?cheap and easy,? probably from sales tax receipts.

He also suggested that while he liked the idea of the 25-by-25 pad, there is enough room in the area to keep planning flexible.

Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford said his department plans to spend about $3,000 installing rip rap rock to stabilize road siding on 40th Street between Nighthawk and Pawnee roads south of Peabody.

While reviewing road and bridge equipment inventory with Crawford, commissioners noted that some older pieces of heavy equipment are seldom used, but highly necessary for operations when they are used.

The commissioners approved a road and bridge area fuel bid for $17,874.85 for 5,300 gallons of diesel from Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro over a competitive bid of $17,921.20 from Cardie Oil Inc. at Tampa.

Health Department Administrator Diedre Serene outlined state grants she expects for her department this year. They include $8,774 for state formula grant, $9,240 for mother and child grant, $7,469 for child care licensing grant, $2,767 for immunization plan grant and $14,105 for public health emergency preparedness grant.

The payday expenses were $733,072.01, including $410,946.67 for payroll.

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