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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • County property tax levy likely to rise

  • The 2013 Phelps County property tax levy is likely to be above last year's rate, and the reason for the increase is because of a decrease in sales tax revenue, one county official said last week.
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  • The 2013 Phelps County property tax levy is likely to be above last year's rate, and the reason for the increase is because of a decrease in sales tax revenue, one county official said last week.
    During the Phelps County Commission meeting July 23, County Clerk Carol Bennett noted that the 2013 county property tax levy for the general revenue fund and road and the special bridge fund is expected to be more than estimated because the county's share of sales tax revenue is down so far this year.
    According to July figures from County Treasurer Carol Green's office, this year so far, county sales tax is down compared to last year by 3.5 percent.
    The tax levies, if approved, also would be higher than the 2012 levies.
    Bennett expects the general revenue fund levy to be 16 cents per $100 assessed valuation compared to the estimate of 15.15 cents.
    She expects the special road and bridge fund levy to be 9.81 cents per $100 in assessed valuation compared to the estimate of 9.28 cents.
    Tax levy hearings will be scheduled in August, Bennett said, and those are open to the public.
    The county's 2012 tax levy was 15.26 cents for every $100 of assessed property value for the county's general revenue fund, a decrease from the 2011 rate of 15.6 cents.
    For the bridge and road fund, the county's 2012 tax levy was 9.35 cents for every $100 of assessed property value, a decrease from 9.56 cents.
    In other business
    • In other recent business of the county commission, it was noted that the sheriff's department is in the process of seeking bids for a new HVAC control system.
    • The county awarded a bid to Midwest Auto Sales, of Rolla, in the amount of $4,800 to sell a used 2007 Dodge Charger that the sheriff's department wanted to sell. The only other bid received was for $4,001. A minimum bid of $4,000 was requested.
    • Snelson noted that the county plans to start chipping and sealing roads soon. The county has enough funds to chip and seal about 26 miles of county roads this year.
    • The commission approved a teen outreach program contract for the county health department in the total amount of $46,785.60, a reduction of $8,502.40 from the previous year.
    • Phelps County Circuit Clerk Sue Brown said her office expects to go "paperless" by sometime next year.
    • Phelps-Maries County Health Administrator Jodi Waltman noted that 128 vaccines were given during a free tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough vaccination clinic held July 16 at Rolla Lions Club Park.• The commission took action to release Caesar, a German Shepherd that is leaving the sheriff's department's K9 unit, to its handler. The dog had been with the sheriff's department for about nine years, according to Capt Rick Hope, of the sheriff's department. Bennett said by releasing Caesar, it eliminates any liability on the county. The sheriff's office has a new labrador for its K9 unit.
    Page 2 of 2 - • The county commission approved adding a stop sign on Ridge Drive at the southern intersection of County Road 8050. District One Commissioner said he received the request for the stop sign from a resident in the area who has seen accidents and near-misses at the intersection.
    • Also at the July 18 commission meeting, the commissioners adopted a code of ethics that outlines avoiding conflicts of interest and disclosing personal finances. The commission re-adopts the code of ethics every two years, Bennett said.
    •The July 18 meeting also included a visit from Steve Hoffman, of Woody Financial Group, who made a presentation about self-insured health plans.
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