Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 20, 2013

Committee suggests M360 bid

The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — Two motions made by members of the Courthouse Renovations Committee will be recommended to the full Jefferson County Board on Monday.

Committee member Tommy Hayes made the motion to accept the original bid of $7.62 million from M360 to make courthouse renovations/repairs, which was seconded by James Malone. Chairman Randy Edwards also voted in favor of the recommendation.

The second motion, also passing unanimously, provides for the funding for the project. County leaders will seek a one-quarter of 1 percent Public Safety sales tax through a voter-approved referendum.

“I think this is the most cost effective and pragmatic way to proceed with the project,” said Board Chairman Robert White. “The good news for us is the cost won’t exceed $7.62 million.”

If the voters approve the referendum in the March 2014 primary, the first payment for the bond issuance would not be due until Dec. 1, 2015, White said. He also hinted the County Board in all likelihood would not sell bonds for the full amount, throwing out a figure of a little over $6 million.

During the Fiscal Committee meeting, Treasurer Dan Knox reported a $401,278 balance in the General Corporate working cash fund. He said monthly claims to be approved on Monday are $84,332.

“We’re better off this month than we have been in the last three or four as far as having claims paid up,” Knox said. “We’re not current, but we’re much closer than we have been.”

He added, “I like being here, this is a place that is absolutely manageable.”

White added the past fiscal year that ended on Nov. 30 has been “very challenging.” He said the income came in 6.95 percent better than forecasted, and expenses were 6.73 percent more than what was expected.

“All told when you lose $3.5 million (in ICE revenues) we did a pretty good job balancing out the year,” White said.

Re-appointed to the Crosswalk Community Action Agency were William Armstrong, David Eadie and Debbie Terry. Sarah Draper was re-appointed to the 708 Mental Health Board and Patricia Bennett-Minor was appointed to the Jefferson County Health Department board.