Tax income sufficient to make jail payments nearly into 2016

The Marion County Com?mis?sion met Friday, Aug. 30, in a $1,050,138 payday payout session.

County Clerk Tina Spencer said the actual amount for county paychecks totaled $409,109 with the balance of the payday going to pay other invoices.

The county commissioners noted that with the $41,672 special sales tax that is financing the new jail, there have been sufficient tax collections to pay jail payments nearly into 2016.

Spencer said the county also received $47,411.51 in regular sales tax from the state collected by merchants in June, sent to the state in July, and dispersed to the counties in August.

Spencer reported that boxes of old county records had been stored in the clock belfry of the courthouse had been reported by a contractor as contributing to floor sagging in the old structure. Since then, she said, the records have been moved to the apprai?ser?s office for temporary storage to alleviate the problem.

Health Director Diedre Serene said she has been notified that her department will receive $62,108 in annual funding from the state in October, with $35,568 of it for Marion County and the balance under agreement for Morris County for support of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

The commissioners told Serene following a 10-minute executive session that they will carry over 42.5 hours of vacation time due to expire until Nov. 20 in regard to the overtime hours she works.

They also gave her permission to attend U.S. Homeland Defense training in November in Anniston, Ala.

The commissioners gave permission to Leroy Kraus to gate off a half-mile of 180th by U.S. Highway 77 east of the Marion Airport because the road no longer will be maintained.

The commissioners said they will be working with other land owners on a probable closing of the second half-mile of 180th in the same section.

The commissioners awarded a $16,776.45 road and bridge area fuel bid for 5,300 gallons of diesel to Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro over a competitive bid of $17,772.80 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.

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