Thursday, February 16, 2012
Cash flow solved
By SUE WATSON
A tight cash flow problem the Marshall County Board of Supervisors experiences every year in November and December was solved in January 2012.
“It’s rolling in,” said tax collector Betty Byrd, who reported collections as of the end of January.
February 1 every year is the day when property taxes are due or become delinquent.
The last week of January, “was a nightmare,” said Byrd, explaining how much work her office did handling the receipts coming in.
The total tax revenues collected by January 12 came to $13.8 million, up about $56,000 from the same time last year. The tax collector completed 20,747 transactions during the reporting period, up 763 transactions from last year.
Of the $13.8 million in revenue, Byrd said about $6 million goes to the county. The remainder goes to the municipalities, school districts, and other special taxing districts.
Later, Harry Willis, assistant chief at the Cayce Fire Department, reported to the board that the fire department received $80,000 for a new tanker, the fifth new fire truck purchased with grant money. The state pays the matching money for the grant so Marshall County gets the truck at no cost. Willis said the truck will be good for 20 years.
He expects to work to get a new rating from 10 to 9 in the area of the fire department’s district outside the five-mile radius from the station. The area inside the radius is rated at an 8, making fire insurance premiums go down for most residents who live in stick and brick houses. Residents are encouraged to ask if they are entitled to a premium reduction from their insurer, if they haven’t already received lower rates.
With the county’s rubbish site filling up, county administrator Larry Hall advised supervisors that new space will be needed within a year. One area sealed over and closed in 1995 could be useful as a site to add rubbish to the top, he said.
“We are going to have to find a place or we are going to be out,” he said.
Spring cleanup has been set for March 12-26 in Marshall County. Roll-off dumpsters will be set out near community centers and at other locations as in past years. Watch for the rules and locations where dumpsters will be left out in future issues of The South Reporter.
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