County commissioners learn general fund is up
by Michele Longworth
Sep 19, 2012 | 1105 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Massac County's general fund balance running rather low in the past few weeks, Tuesday morning Massac County Commissioners were relieved to find out from Massac County Treasurer the county had made payroll, with a general fund balance this week of $40,510.

Sullivan left a report of the county general fund balance with the commissioners and later came back briefly to the meeting to leave the report of the money that his office had received.

According to the report, the county received a total of $67,626 from local sources, including: circuit clerk fees, state's attorney fees, sheriff's fees, 911 salary reimbursement and tax certificate fee.

The breakdown also indicates the county received salary reimbursements for the public defender, supervisor of assessments and the state's attorney, totaling $18,356 and also received $10,590 from the state for local use tax and $49,863 from the state for income tax.

The grand total of money received was $146,437. Sullivan also included on the report the county has collected $5,915,032 in real estate property taxes as of Tuesday morning.

Back at Tuesday morning's meeting was Metropolis resident Luckie Atkinson, who lives in Christian Cove subdivision. The commissioners advised Atkinson last week to come back to the meeting to discuss his situation with Massac County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco.

Atkinson explained again that the residents in Christian Cove subdivision have to park in the middle of the road to get their mail. He told Glasco that he and other residents had gone in together to get their road oil and chipped.

Glasco told Atkinson the roads in the subdivision must be brought up to the county's standards before the county will accept the roads. He went on to say he thought the base and the shoulder were OK. However, he said it is the oil and chip that is not wide enough.

According to Glasco, the county's specifications require the roads to be 20 feet wide. He said the last time he had checked, the oil and chip in the subdivision was only about 15 or 16 feet wide. He told Atkinson and the board last year he had written a letter to the developer, David Christian, explaining the roads were not wide enough.

Atkinson asked again what it would take to get the roads accepted by the county so that the postal service would be able to deliver mail to his driveway. He also said he does not know the specifications involved in getting the roads accepted by the county and would like to know what exactly they are.

Glasco took down Atkinson's address and phone number and assured him he would provide him with a copy of the specifications.

Atkinson said he did speak to Massac County 911 Director Keith Davis and found out that the subdivision and the roads are on the 911 maps.

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