County departmental charging creating potential problem
Jan 08, 2014 | 956 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Massac County commissioners Jeff Weber and Jerel Childers were alerted to what Massac County Highway Engineer Joe Matesevac said is something minor that could end up being something major if it continues. Commissioner Farmer was not in attendance at the meeting.

Tuesday morning Matesevac told the board that following the Brookport tornado, some propane that was purchased by Massac County Emergency Service Disaster Agency (ESDA) was charged to the highway department. He said Massac ESDA is supposed to pay that invoice that he has received.

According to Matesevac, the highway department had received a bill from O’Reilley’s in Metropolis for de-icer, but has no receipts for the purchase. He explained that someone from the sheriff’s department had purchased the de-icer at O’Reilley’s, and the purchase was charged to the highway department.

According to Matesevac, the purchase was only around $25, but the practice of another department charging items to another department, “It’s not OK in my mind,” he said.

Matesevac said that there are only two employees from the highway department who are authorized to make purchases for the department.

The commissioners agreed that the practice of one county department charging items to another county department is not a good accounting practice. “Rest assured, it will come to an end,” said Commission Chair Weber.

Matesevac also brought before the board information about a proposed state bill that would change the way funding is structured for the state’s transportation system. He briefly explained the bill would do away with the Motor Fuel Tax, which people pay at the pump. He said the bill would create a “wholesale fuel tax,” which would occur before the gas reaches the pump.

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