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by Patty Cheffey
Marion County kept their current tax rate following the annual hearing Monday morning.
In addition on Monday, the Marion County Commissioners approved a road closure, heard a request for ARPA funds, approved two appointments, discussed the new storage facility and reviewed sales tax.
The approved $0.4503 per $100 assessed valuation is expected to generate $2,440,342 for the county’s General Revenue and Road and Bridge funds.
Broken down, the tax rate is $0.1350 for the General Revenue Fund, generating $731,615; and $0.3153 for the Road and Bridge Fund, generating $1,708,727.
Funds from the current (2022) tax will be $541,936,806 while the prior year was $508,396,315.
In other business, the commissioners approved a request from Hannibal High School to close Veterans Road on Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon for a cross country meet.
As part of the agreement, Hannibal High School will make arrangements to contact other entities, including the sheriff’s department, to ask for assistance while the road is closed.
The commissioners also heard a request from Harla Friesz, county recorder, concerning the availability of ARPA funds to help pay to have record books scanned and imaged to add to the computer system.
To do all books would cost $201,764.56, but the commissioners asked Friesz to get costs to do just approximately 25 years worth of books, more or less, starting from 1965 and going back to 1940.
Friesz will check on that and get back with the commissioners.
Upon the request from Steve Disselhorst, with the Marion County Health Department board of directors, the commissioners approved the appointment of Michelle Nunemacher to that board to replace Mike Thompkins, who retired.
Disselhorst noted Nunemacher has accounting experience, as did Thompkins.
He also noted all five board positions will be up at the next election in April since three were due and the other two positions were appointed.
The commissioners also approved the appointment of Craig King to the county planning and zoning commission to take the place of Charles Webster, whose last meeting was last Thursday.
King will represent Fabius Township.
In an update on the new storage facility, Steve Begley, Western District commissioner, noted there was a problem with the drains, but a solution has been reached.
Larry Welch, Eastern District commissioner, noted the roll-up doors ended up being more expensive, so the sectional doors will be used.
In her report, Teya Stice, county improvement coordinator, reported the carpeting was finished in the Palmyra Courthouse and requested an invoice of $20,000 to Klingner and Associates for the Douglass Community Services building project be paid.
Commissioners also approved the recommendation of the planning and zoning commission to rezone 10 acres or fewer from agriculture to C2 commercial for storage units. (See related article).
They also briefly reviewed the sales tax, noting that while everything was done for the month, the county’s funds are still up for the year.
In September, the county received $249,741.19 for General Revenue, compared to $260,771.58 in 2021 at the same time.
However, total sales tax to date is $1,973,628.17, compared to $1,888,121.08 a year ago.
Fund balances also continue to be in good shape.
Commissioners also approved the code of ethics and discussed Chariton Valley’s fiber project in the county.