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Commission discusses collection fees, recount hearing scheduled for Brucks

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier brought to the commissions attention an issue with the budget and the collectors office.

According to Vogelsmeier, before she was hired as an auditor, a gentleman's agreement had been made in regards to what was thought fair compensation for collecting city taxes for townships in Saline County, in addition to county taxes. Those involved in the collection process of the city taxes were compensated an additional amount for the time and effort spent working on them.

"It's a budgetary question," Vogelsmeier said.

The commissioners decided they needed to table the city collection fees for tax collection for 2012 issue until next week to research it further and discuss it with legal council.

"We need to be better informed about what contracts might be in place and what statutes say about this so we can do it properly," Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings said.

The commission has not set a date to discuss the issue, but County Clerk Debbie Russell made note that it will need to be taken care of in the next two weeks.

The recount hearing has been scheduled for the Saline County Treasure's seat for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m.

The election results came in at 4,427 for Ginger Brucks, and 4,443 for Smith.

Russell said candidates need to be prepared to answer the judge's questions about why the recount is or isn't needed.

Once the recount issue has been resolved, Russell hopes to be able to readdress the issue of the county website, but is hesitant to set a firm date until then.

Rich Rhoades, an engineer out of Brookfield, told Northern Commissioner Norvelle "Brownie" Brown the deck on the bridge on Golden Avenue was poured Monday, and the bridge will hopefully be open before Christmas.

The Quartz Avenue bridge that was discussed Tuesday, Dec. 4, by the commission was addressed. The bridge rating was recently lowered, and the commission was trying to decide how valuable the bridge was to the nearby land owners.

"We are going to try our best to take care of problem as soon as we can," Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said.

Fenner said he and County Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Cowart looked at the bridge Tuesday.

The commissioners attended the West Central Missouri Commissioners meeting in Jefferson City Wednesday, Dec. 5, and toured the justice center.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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