Marion County Board Adopts Tax Levies and Seeks Financing For Courthouse Improvements
Marion County Highway Engineer Appointed to New Six Year Term
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The Marion County Board Tuesday night approved the nine tax levies that collect property tax dollars for various units of county government.

County Clerk Steve Fox says the county's main $1.7-million tax levy is up $121,000. When questioned if that would result in a tax increase by board member Adam Smith, Fox said the combined levies of all taxing bodies will determine if a person's tax bill actually increases next year. He noted the county's share of the taxes was only a small part of the bill.

After hearing the explanation, Smith cast the only 'no' vote against the tax levies.

The Board has voted to seek bids and financing for the courthouse rooftop ventilation units. Building Committee Chair Dr. Creighton Engle says since the current rooftop units will not be serviceable in two years, it makes sense for the county to spend the $246,000 now to completely replace the system since that expense would still be coming down the road.

"We've already bid out the cost of the system. Now what we are looking at is getting some bids for financing to reduce the actual cost and spread it out over a period of time and make it manageable in the budget. So that's where we're at right now," said Engle. "We will see if those terms are agreeable to the board. Then we may proceed to request the HVAC system be installed here at the courthouse."

Engle says no matter what happens, the courthouse roof will be replaced now with provisions made for the other work in the future.

The board voted to rewire and install 14 thermostats for the new rooftop heating and air conditioning units recently installed at the Marion County Law Enforcement Center.

Marion County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick had his contract extended for six years. His salary will be $109,500, which will be paid with motor fuel tax money.

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