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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

According to the Scioto County Commissioners, the county’s permissive sales tax has gone through a significant decline.

At the Tuesday meeting the commissioners reported the permissive sale tax for August was down over $50,000 compared to this time last year. Representing the biggest decline of the year.

The county reported collecting $888,278.35 in permissive sales tax in August.

“I’m sorry to say that is down from this time last year by a total of $53,959.22. We are still $505,000 ahead of last year. So, we’ll finish the year with more than what we got last year,” said Skip Riffe, Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners. “This is the second time this year its been down. Before it was only down $12,000. This is the biggest decrease we’ve seen this year.”

Late last week the Scioto County Financial Planning and Supervision Commission announced the Juvenile Detention Center debt has been eliminated, due to increased revenue.

“The Commission approved the commissioners transferring the remaining balance of the debt on the Juvenile Center of $577,611.41,” Riffe said. “Of course we got the Amended Certificate today (Thursday), and that all has to be appropriated properly. But once that is appropriated the transfer of $577,611.41 will go into the Juvenile Detention Center fund, and that debt will be eliminated. There will no longer be a deficit in that fund. So in essence, the county and the general fund have been operating in the black now for a little over a year. So once that transfer is done Scioto County will be totally in the black.”

It was recently announced Scioto County will be receiving $138,120.49 from the state casino tax. Two months ago the county reported receiving $69,000 from the state casino tax.

Riffe said now that the juvenile detention center debt has been eliminated, the county will begin to look at 2014, 2015 and 2016 budget projections.

“Once the state is satisfied with those numbers, they’ll release us,” Riffe said.

He said the financial planning and supervision commission approved a recovery plan for 2013. According to Riffe, the budgets for 2012 and 2013 are complete.

“We will now start planning for ‘14, ‘15, ‘16 and ‘17,” he said.

He said all of this depends on how long it takes the state to be satisfied with projected budget numbers and a number of other factors.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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