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Commissioners approves sales tax report

The St. Francois County Commission covered a number of departmental items, approved several pay adjustments and handled other business when it met in regular session Tuesday morning on the third floor of the courthouse annex in Farmington.

Following approval of the consent agenda, commissioners heard a sales tax collection report presented by Dana Jenkins of the Treasurer’s Office showing a 1.2 percent year-to-date increase in collections over the same time last year.

“The state is reporting that this year’s collected sales tax amount totals $8,832,115.20, as compared to a total of 8,721,766.82 collected by the same time last year — an increase of $110,348.38 over 12 months ago,” Jenkins said.

Last month, Treasurer Kerry Glore explained that the state is in the midst of a switchover to a new system of tracking sales tax income, leading to a lower amount than has been collected being reported to counties like St. Francois.

While kinks in the system will eventually work themselves out, at this point, the county is unsure how much sales tax has been collected — but suspects the final amount will be higher than currently reported.

In response to Jenkins’ comment that the amount wasn’t as much as she had hoped it would be, Presiding Commissioner Harold Gallaher said, “I’ve kinda got the feeling that the money’s there, but it’s still in the process. Still, it’s a gain over what was a very good year.

The commissioners unanimously approved the report.

In other action, the commissioners approved a request to seek bids for the purchase of a new washer and dryer for the county jail; OK’d a maintenance contract renewal for the Juvenile Department; approved pay adjustments of $1 an hour for two sheriff’s department employees; and adding “criminal analyst” to county IT Director Dan Duncan’s official title so he will be allowed access to homicide information from the state on behalf of the sheriff’s office.

“We can’t release the reason for the meeting at this time, but we will making two announcements this Thursday at 10 o’clock here in this room.” — Presiding Commissioner Harold Gallaher

Sheriff Dan Bullock, standing, informs the St. Francois County Commission that he needs their approval to add the title of

Sheriff Dan Bullock, standing, informs the St. Francois County Commission that he needs their approval to add the title of “criminal analyst” to county IT Director Dan Duncan’s official title to allow him access to state homicide information when doing research for the sheriff’s department.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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