State-collected revenues to county coffers declined in December and January, according to financial statements presented Tuesday by Phelps County Treasurer Carol Green to the Phelps County Commission.


State-collected revenues to county coffers declined in December and January, according to financial statements presented Tuesday by Phelps County Treasurer Carol Green to the Phelps County Commission.


Monthly receipts collected from the County Aid Road Trust (CART) Funds that the county received in March, including receipts from gas, motor-vehicle sales and fees, reflected significant decreases as compared to the same month last year.


CART gas taxes collected in January, which totaled $47,348, decreased by 8.51 percent.


CART motor-vehicle sales taxes collected in December, which totaled $8,109, decreased by 3.51 percent.


CART motor-vehicle fees collected in December, which totaled $6,063, decreased by 7.48 percent.


CART Funds are apportioned to counties on the basis of two factors: one-half of the funds are credited to the county based upon the ratio that its road mileage bears to the total county road mileage in the unincorporated areas of the state, and one-half is credited to the county based upon the ratio that its rural land valuation bears to the rural land valuation of the entire state.


In unrelated action, the Commission also approved paying an invoice of $6,880 to the Law Firm of Williams, Robinson, Rigler & Buschjost, a Rolla company, for providing special prosecutor services for the county in three cases.


Also, Director Kerry Kisslinger, of MoPEB (Missouri Public Entity Benefits), presented an exhibit describing an alternate voluntary insurance program designed for county employees. The insurance benefits discussed by Kisslinger included options for disability, accident, cancer, life dental and vision insurance benefits.


The Commission tabled any action on the insurance program until Commissioner Larry Stratman, District 1, had an opportunity to review the package.