Morgan County Commissioners Receive Financial Report, OKs Community Crossings App

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The Morgan County Board of Commissioners approved several items at their meeting on Tuesday evening.

He moved his meeting from Monday to Tuesday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

County Finances

While Morgan County Auditor Dan Bastin was absent from the meeting, he sent the county’s 2021 financial statements to the commissioners for approval.

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The statement includes balances for over 150 separate accounts.

According to Bastin, the county started 2021 with more than $65.4 million in the bank. The county had about $205.6 million in revenue from all sources, paid out about $193.1 million, leaving the county with a balance of about $78 million.

The county paid about $18.7 million in wages and salaries in 2021.

The commissioners approved the report.

Morgan County Treasurer Terry Clelland gave commissioners a list of county investments in 2021.

According to Clelland, the county earned about $312,504 in interest last year. That amount was down from 2020, when the county earned about $434,985. In 2019, the county earned approximately $807,806 in interest. The commissioners also approved the county’s investment policy.

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Commissioners approved the request for Morgan County Council to transfer funds to pay for several expenses beginning in 2021. Members also approved requests for the council to appropriate funds to begin work on the construction projects County.

Subsidies for community crossings

Commissioners gave the county the go-ahead to apply for a community crossing grant for the highway department.

If successful, the grant money will fund the county’s paving project in 2023. County engineer Tony Hinkle said he plans to release bids later this year.

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There are approximately 21 miles of roads the county is looking to repave.

In other cases

  • Commissioners have approved a contract with auction service Consignment Connection. The service will sell unnecessary road equipment. The business will receive 6% of the sale price plus a 10% buyer’s premium. The county has used the service before.

  • Members approved an ordinance amending the county’s Rainy Day Fund to allow reimbursement of money used for future county construction projects when the county sells bonds to fund the project.

  • They also approved a resolution to send three unused or surplus county-owned vehicles to Enterprise Fleet Management. The company will sell the vehicles.

  • The commissioners made no changes to the county’s employee handbook regarding which positions will require a background check. Currently, those wishing to work for the Sheriff’s Office, County Jail, Court System, and Emergency Medical Service must undergo a background check. These positions are covered in the manual. As for current or future employees who may have a crime or misdemeanor on their record, these cases will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

  • Commissioners approved allowing an anonymous employee 18 hours of unpaid leave. This is in violation of a county order prohibiting employees from taking unpaid leave, but commissioners noted the employee was negatively affected last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next scheduled commissioners’ meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 7 at the Morgan County Administration Building, 180 S. Main St., Martinsville.

This article originally appeared on The Reporter Times: Morgan County commissioners receive financial report

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