June sales tax on pace for an increase in 2010

The Marion County Commis?sion met Tuesday, Aug. 31, in a $1,006,303 payday meeting.

County Clerk Carol Maggard reported sales tax for June, paid to the state in July, and dispersed to the counties in August was at $55,253. She said this is at a level that sustains higher sales tax receipts over the past two years.

The commissioners voted 3-0 to direct County Attorney Susan Robson to begin the process for the next sale of delinquent-property-tax real estate.

Robson also reported by memo to the commissioners that the consulting architect on jail issues, Tony Rangel of Law Kingdon in Wichita, has sent a second-floor blueprint of the current jail to the State Fire Marshal?s Office. Robson said she will continue to ask the SFMO for a decision on the jail?s safety.

Commissioner Dan Holub said he wished the cities of Marion and Hillsboro would take more interest in sustaining efforts through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy program at Marion Reservoir.

He said the two towns have a vested interest in preserving the lake as their source of drinking water.

Holub said Marion recently withdrew its $7,500 support for WRAPS, and Hillsboro had previously done so. That leaves the county as the local financial support for helping stop siltation and problems such as blue-green algae infestation at the reservoir, he said.

The commissioners approved the Marion County Extension Office working with Dickinson County agents and commissioners to study designs for a shared extension district that would have no taxing authority or mill-levy increases without approval of the commissioners of both counties.

The commissioners approved a request from Steve Hudson, park superintendent at Marion County Lake, to accept the use of a flat-bottomed boat from Kansas Wildlife and Parks in return for storing the boat.

The commissioners awarded road and bridge bids for fueling areas 1 and 2 to Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa for 2,950 gallons of diesel at $6,587, and for areas 3 and 4 to Cooperative Grain & Supply based in Hillsboro for 3,600 gallons of diesel at $8,060.

The commissioners authorized Road and Bridge Director Jim Herzet to build up and gravel the roadway with a new culvert between 170th and 180th because of high-water problems.

At 100th and Kanza, the owner of a nonresidential farmstead is to be informed that when gravel is needed there, it will be at his expense.

The commissioners approved a request from Dan Ludwid, Florence City Council member, to chip-seal a half-mile of Kimball Street in Florence.

The commissioners approved a requirement that customers must unload their own solid waste at the transfer station, or sign a waiver and pay a $5 fee if a transfer station employee is asked to do it.

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