Sales tax for month hits new high

The Marion County Board of Commis?sioners heard County Clerk Tina Spencer report at the Dec. 31 payday meeting that the monthly sales tax receipts in the county were the largest on record for the decade.

Spencer reported regular sales tax received in Decem?ber from the state for sales in October to be $57,972.76, which made the total for 2013 $672,903.87 compared to $579,328.44 in 2012.

The monthly special sales tax receipt for jail construction totaled $50,954.71.

In other matters, commissioners voted 3-0 to adopt a plan by Emergency Management Director Randy Frank that would authorize him, along with one commissioner, to spend $20,000 in county funds in the event of dealing with a major, state-declared emergency disaster.

The commissioners reappointed Kevin Fruechting of Marion to the Eighth Judi?cial District Board as a non-attorney representative.

Road and Bridge Director Randy Crawford asked about an issue about fair treatment of the public. He said when road crew are working to remove snow from dirt roads in remote areas, they would like to help livestock producers get in to feed cattle.

The commissioners said they would rely on Craw?ford?s ?common sense? for when and where to help with that, with the realization the county doesn?t have the resources to move road crew to all locations for such help.

The commissioners awarded a road and bridge area fuel bid of $19,159.50 to Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro for 5,300 gallons of diesel over a competitive bid of $19,871.60 from Cardie Oil of Tampa.

They also approved various options for Health Director Diedre Serene to purchase three office computers for $4,799.01.

They voted 3-0 to write off nearly $500 in county checks that have been uncashed by recipients for more than two years.

The board worked through payday items totaling $702,489.87.

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