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by Patty Cheffey
Combined fund balances for Marion County remained higher than last year’s at this time, although General Revenue’s was slightly less.
The Marion County Commission reviewed fund balances and sales tax during their meeting Monday, at which they also approved the sale of a trustee-held property and heard various updates.
General Revenue’s fund balances were down slightly from this time last year at $1,942,564.12, compared to $1,971,233.91.
However, Road and Bridge fund balances were up at $1,023,807.11, compared to $649,439.40 a year ago, to bring the combined fund balances to $2,966,371.23, compared to $2,478,060.51 in 2022.
Sales tax was up in General Revenue at $224,332.75 for December, compared to $221,618.16 in 2022.
Capital Improvements and the quarter cent road fund sales taxes were also up for December.
Local use ended the hear also on a high note, at $117,522.07 in December, compared to $94,394.03 in 2022.
In other business, the commissioners approved the sale of trustee-held property at 1506 Ely St. in Hannibal for $100 and the filing fee.
They also learned the University of Missouri School of Medicine will be raising the cost of autopsies to $2,600. That is an increase of $100 over this year, Presiding Commissioner David Lomax said.
While insurance will normally pay for an autopsy, if the county coroner or sheriff order one because of a suspicious death, the county pays the cost.
In her report, Teya Stice, improvement coordinator, presented the commissioners and Mike Schaefer, county highway supervisor, with two options for guard rails on the new bridges, concrete or all metal.
Since the bridges are on gravel roads and since drivers must slow down in approaching the bridges, the commissioners said the metal guard rails should be sufficient.
She also reported the surveyors have been on site for the Whitaker bridge projects, and Maas Electric will be checking out the security lights in the Hannibal Courthouse.
Stice also noted Premier Claims have sent a rebuttal to Traveler’s claims concerning the Hannibal Courthouse roof hail damage, and are still in negotiations on that.