County will make good on missed sales tax money

Friday, November 11, 2005

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County commissioners have agreed to make good on missed sales tax contributions to Charleston's Tax Increment Financing district.

Commissioners met with David Brewer, Charleston's city manager; Bill Green, the city's TIF advisor; and Charleston City Council members Michael Jones and Jack Feezor during their regular meeting Thursday to discuss the TIF funds.

City officials have calculated the amount of sales tax from the last quarter of 2004 and January through September of 2005 that should have gone to the TIF district, according to County Clerk Junior DeLay. "The county's total tax liability to the TIF district for that period of time was $13,900," DeLay said.

Commissioners previously objected to paying for that period because they hadn't been informed about the sales tax component, although the property tax contributions were expected.

A proposal from city officials to allow the county to pay the outstanding bill later was accepted by commissioners.

"They haven't relieved the county of that liability," DeLay said. "What they've done is deferred it to the end of the TIF project which is several years down the road."

From Oct. 1, the county will make quarterly payments for tax revenue collected in the TIF district above the base established before the TIF projects.

In other business:

* Jim Cullisom, a member of the board of directors for Missouri Delta Medical Center, met with commissioners to discuss outstanding medical bills incurred by prisoners at the Mississippi County Detention Center.

Commissioners advised that some of the bills were for prisoners held by the county on change of venue cases and that they are attempting to work out a settlement with Scott County.

Commissioners "did give assurances that the outstanding bills would be paid," DeLay said.

* County road and bridge crews will begin sealing roads.

Commissioners figured each tanker load of sealing oil, which costs about $5,000, will cover about six miles of blacktop.

Commissioners agreed to start with two tanker loads and possibly do a third.

* Commissioners reviewed a letter of complaint from Mr. and Mrs. Sam Zellars, residents of an unincorporated part of the county on Highway 60, regarding a piece of property adjacent to their home that has accumulated junk.

"That property is owned by Percy Visor," DeLay said.

The property allegedly has abandoned house trailers, junk cars and junk bathroom appliances accumulated on the property. The Zellars asked commissioners to address the problem or pass it on to the appropriate authorities.

Commissioners agreed to ask the county prosecutor to review state statutes to see if they can adopt a nuisance ordinance to address this type of situation.

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