Last updated: January 27. 2014 8:21PM - 849 Views
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POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners are starting out 2014 with a little extra money to work with.

After many years of scraping to get by at the end of the year and letting some bills carry over to be paid the following year, the Commissioner stated last week that the county ended 2013 with a carryover balance of $385,708.46.

While the carry over is not quite as much as the commissioners had hoped for, it is a step in the right direction.

“We are very pleased, but still not where we need to be,” said Commissioner Tim Ihle. “We did a lot of capital improvements and the sheriff has been busy.”

The commissioners noted that all county office holders and employees have worked hard to be more efficient.

Credit was also given to the offices of the prosecutor and treasurer for their work on increased real estate tax collections.

Other boosts to the county budget have included the sales tax increase which took effect in Oct. 2012 and the casino revenue tax.

In 2013, Meigs County received just over $267,000 from the casino revenue tax. Total sales tax revenue from 2013 is not know yet as the December figures are not available.

For 2014, the county will operate on a budget of $4,642,347.88.

In other business during Thursday’s regular meeting, the commissioners approved a request for $7,000 in furtherance of justice funds for the Meigs County Prosecutor.

A road viewing and hearing for the vacating of a roadway in Scipio Township was set for Feb. 20, with the viewing to be held at the road site at 9:30 a.m. and the hearing to be held during the commissioner meeting at 11 a.m. Letters will be sent to property owners in the area and a legal notice with exact location will be printed prior to the viewing and hearing.

The commissioners went into executive session with the prosecutor for personnel matters.

Bills were approved in the amount of $228,186.69, with $8,070.69 from county general. Minutes from the previous meeting were also approved.

All three commissioners were present for the meeting.

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