The good news for Massac County commissioners Tuesday morning was that the weekly financial report indicated a general fund balance of $45,767 according to Massac County Treasurer Floyd Sullivan.
Commission Chair Billy Hillebrand told Commissioners Jerel Childers and Jayson Farmer Sullivan was in the office briefly and explained to him his office would begin dispersing the property tax revenue next week.
Hillebrand said the first thing Sullivan would do is pay off the $250,000 debt the county incurred when it borrowed money toward this year's taxes. Sullivan would then begin the disbursement of property tax revenue to the various taxing districts, which include Massac Unit One and Joppa-Maple Grove schools districts as well as the other taxing bodies the county collects money for.
Based on previous figures provided from Sullivan's office, the county still owes $75,000 to the county's liability fund, in addition to $150,000 to the county's tuberculosis fund.
Hillebrand also reported that as of Tuesday morning, the county has its bills paid through mid-July, putting the county about 60 days behind on its bills. However, he noted the critical bills are being paid.
The commissioners approved a motion at 9:55 a.m. to enter into closed session with Lori Walters, an employee in the General Assistance office. The board returned to open session at 10:10 a.m. and Hillebrand announced the commissioners had made the decision to name Walters the Acting Administrator of General Assistance, for a time period of 30 days.
He noted there are some questions Walters needs to finalize with State's Attorney Patrick Windhorst, and the board and Walters need to finalize the salary details. The action taken by the board was done in preparation for Glenn Collins, current administrator's retirement on Friday.
In other business, the board:
• Heard from County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco that the department would likely be finishing up with oil and chipping within the next couple of weeks. The department is also still in the process of mowing.
Hillebrand asked about the work done in Joppa. Glasco said the department finished oil and chipping some of the side streets in need of repair last week. He also noted that the department had worked on cleaning the gutters while they were in Joppa.
• And, the board approved a motion to adopt a resolution supporting the consolidation of Regional Office of Education (ROE) #2 with the ROE #30. The resolution of support stems from the change in state population requirements for regional offices of education.
According to information from Janet Ulrich, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Massac, Johnson, Alexander, Pulaski and Union counties, the state now requires the population to be over 61,000. In the ROE #2, made up of those five counties, the population is only 60,218. According to the statistics Ulrich provided to the board, ROE #30, made up of Jackson and Perry counties, already has a population of 82,568. Hillebrand, who was one of four other county commissioners serving on a committee to explore the consolidation options, said the option for ROE #2 to consolidate with ROE #30, must be either approved or denied by the state. Additionally, Hillebrand noted the consolidation will take some time and noted the regional office will have two years to finalize the consolidations.
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