County sales tax revenues take slight dip in August | Lighthouse Shelter grant increases
Recent county sales tax revenues were down slightly, according to the August report from Treasurer Sam Jones, but the year-to-date total is still higher than the same amount in 2009
According to figures released Tuesday, Aug. 10, by the Saline County Commission, sales tax revenues for the past month were $65,608.79, down from $66,803.19 reported in August 2009.
Collections for the year so far are $644,121.63, up from $617,610.58 last year at this time.
"I still think we're doing well for the year," said Presiding Commissioner Becky Plattner.
In other business, the commission approved a grant application for the Lighthouse Shelter.
Lighthouse Shelter Executive Director Deb Wallace appeared before the commissioners to ask them to sign off on the emergency shelter grant so she can submit the paperwork to the state.
The shelter has been allocated $9,825 this year, up almost $200 from last year.
The grant is the only one the shelter receives that can be applied to operation expenses, Wallace said. The shelter, thrift store and administration office cost $30,000 per month, she said.
With the economy still ailing, Wallace said a lot of agencies are struggling, and "We're struggling ourselves."
The $200 increase might not seem like a large amount, she said, "(But) right now, that's huge for us."
The emergency shelter grant has been a dependable source of revenue. Wallace said the shelter had received it for at least 13 of its 15 years of existence.
Commissioners also noted that the APAC road is awaiting final approval from MoDOT before it can be finished.
As soon as plans are approved, the road could be completed quickly. The road will connect to U.S. Highway 65 between the Blackwater River and Route UU.
The commission also approved a request from Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer to provide a 90-day extension on vacation usage for one of the employees in his office, who has 174 hours of unused vacation time but had been unable to use it due to workload.