Marion County commissioners hear report of high sales tax collection during May

In addition to discussing funding options for a new county jail (see Page 1), Marion County commissioners conducted additional business during the July 30 payday meeting.

Later in the meeting, County Clerk Carol Maggard said the latest sales tax, collected in May, received by the state in June, and distributed to the counties in July, was $52,332, the largest for that time frame since 2003.

Of that figure, $39,867 was sales tax collected locally in the county while $12,465 was compensating tax collected by the state for transactions by county residents outside the county.

Maggard said the county is ahead on sales taxes collected for the year compared to taxes collected last year by $16,529.

The commissioners discussed the difficulties of dealing with road maintenance and planning and zoning rules at Marion County Lake. They noted that most roads began as trails half the width of county roads, and buildings were put up close to them without proper setbacks.

Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards said the situation often leaves making decisions on a case-by-case basis whether to approve permits because the lake is so different.

Holub said that by doing work on roads at the lake, the county could incur liability in accidents because the roads are too narrow.

But County Attorney Susan Robson said, ?We don?t want to destroy the beauty of the lake.?

Commission Chairman Randy Dallke was to call a patron who wants to build a house north of Peabody on a low-maintenance road that the county charge for gravelling the road will be $500 per quarter mile.

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