MCO tax hits county hard in September

By Chris Slone -

The County Commissioners released their sales tax numbers for September at the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. For the month, the county lost $164,004.27 compared to last September.

Overall, the county still has a surplus of $36,807.19 for the year. However, by the end of the year, the surplus is expected to become a deficit.

“Our auditor basically said 404,000 (by the end of the year) and he’s probably going to be about right,” the Chairman of the County Commissioners Bryan Davis said. “That’s what we cut the budget in 2017 by in order to compensate, and this is what we predicated and this is what we’ve been talking about for a year now.”

Davis did emphasize that the county is fiscally healthy right now, partially because the county had been preparing for such a scenario. Davis added that the county still had a large carry over.

To help offset the MCO tax, the state did give the county a partial payment. However, Davis said the county has set that payment in a side account and is acting like its non existent.

“We are going to make adjustments to our operating budget and we have to get ourselves in line over the next two years to where we are going to be able to operate in the black,” Davis said. “The best way to do that is to not even look at that money because if you start ciphering it off, than we’re not going to be any better off two years from now.”

Davis said this funding issue shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

“This shouldn’t be a shock to anybody inside this building or outside of this building,” Davis said. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time. The Commissioners have said right off the bat that we were going to have to make difficult decisions and we were prepared to do so. We’re working on that now for next year and we will stay in the black. We will not allow this county to go in the red again.”

Davis stated that all three Commissioners at one time ran on the fact that they were going to keep the county fiscally sound and all three Commissioners were still committed to that goal.

By Chris Slone

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or @crslone.

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