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by Patty Cheffey
Property tax rates for Marion County will be slightly less after approval of the rate for 2021 by the Marion County Commission.
The commission approved the $0.4503 per $100 assessed valuation during its meeting Monday at which they also heard an update on a bridge project and discussed the American Recovery Plan funds for the county.
The tax rate includes the rate of $0.1350 per $100 assessed valuation for General Revenue, which is the same rate set in 2020, and $0.3153 for Road and Bridge, which is slightly less than the $0.3323 per $100 assessed valuation set in 2020.
The tax is expected to generate $686,335 for General Revenue and $1,602,974 for Road and Bridge.
In other business, the commissioners learned the CR 402 bridge project plans have been approved by MoDOT and are not out for bids, which will be opened at the Sept. 20 meeting, according to Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator.
Stice also reported she is working to submit a report on the American Recovery Plan for the county as she was not able to submit it last week as she is not considered the project administrator.
In addition, she said the county will be using an application process again this year but indicated those will not be reviewed as often as they were for the last set of federal funds, probably more like every two or three months.
Eastern District Commissioner Larry Welch said he was not in favor of that plan as he feels the applications should be reviewed more frequently so people do not have as long to wait on the funds.
No final decision was made on that issue.
The commissioners also discussed the possibility of using ARP funds to build a storage facility for the county after County Clerk Valerie Dornberger pointed out the county is out of storage.
• approved the annual cod of ethics policy; and
• approved the purchase of 5,000 more masks for the county.