Sales tax may have jumped because of hike

Marion County commissioners took note of a surprising, but also anticipated, income increase during their Aug. 31 payday meeting.

The county?s sales tax for June?received from the state at the end of August?was almost one-third higher than normal, according to county clerk Carol Maggard.

She attributed the increase to public anticipation of a sales-tax increase for their vehicle purchases beginning in July.

The increase was approved by voters to finance the construction of a new county jail. Con?struc?tion bids from interested contractors are expected in September.

Maggard told the commissioners she will comply with their request to present the sales-tax report in two parts: the portion expected for general finance, as in the past, and the portion dedicated for jail financing.

The sales tax for jail construction will last only as long as it takes to pay off jail bond indebtedness, the commissioners have said.

Commission Chairman Roger Fleming said it will be interesting to see if the sales-tax receipts for July show a significant decrease.

In other matters, Fleming said newly hired road and bridge supervisor Randy Crawford, of Hills?boro, will begin his job Sept. 6 with a monthly salary of $4,417.

John Halbgewachs, of the county?s contracted engineering firm of Kirkham-Michael, conversed with the commissioners by telephone.

He said he expects to meet with Crawford soon to discuss construction of the road from Tampa to Kansas Highway 15.

Halbgewachs said he expects the project contractor to soon begin removing 12 inches of top material from the road, then packing 6 inches of it back in to help build an improved bed.

After discussing project timing with members of the Tampa business community, Halbge?wachs said he expects the 6-inch final overlay will take two to three months to complete once the ground thaws next spring.

The road is expected to be ready before wheat harvest begins.

The commissioners authorized Maggard to purchase a 14-inch mobile floor cleaner for the courthouse at a cost of $2,430.

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