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County receives grant reimbursement, preps for recount

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Wednesday, Nov. 21, after returning from a Missouri Association of Counties conference that was held early this week.

Some of the seminars included information on the new federal health care act, county websites, Enbridge presentations and contacts for railroads. According to Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner, voters from only a few counties with the out-of-state use tax on the last ballot had passed it.

"One (commissioner) in the southern part of the state told me ... it was going to cost their county a half-million dollars," Fenner said.

Commissioners stated out of eight counties seeking the use tax this past November, only two had passed it: Saline and Adair, which now join approximately 40 other counties with the use tax in place.

The county recently received a $741.33 grant reimbursement from the state for operations with the elections, including election judge costs and canvassing, according to County Clerk Debbie Russell.

Although it hasn't officially been received by the clerk's office, a petition was filed yesterday by Ginger Brucks for a recount of votes of the Nov. 6 County Treasurer election. The race between Brucks and treasurer-elect Marty Smith was tight, with Smith receiving 4,449 votes versus 4,434 for Brucks. Once the paperwork is approved, a recount can be scheduled.

In other news, Amy Arndt was appointed the newest member of Saline County Historic Preservation Commission. She and Jessica Goodman join five others after county commissioners amended the ordinance last week expanding the membership from five to seven.

The Saline County Courthouse will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 23. The next regular commission meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Contact Sarah Reed at
sreed@marshallnews.com



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