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The county of Massac received its first sales tax revenue on cannabis sales.

The county’s share of the July disbursement was $ 74,320.72.

Massac County Commissioners learned the news when they met on Tuesday.

Commission President Jeff Brugger asked what the plans are for these funds. County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp noted that nothing has been decided yet, but she suggests using some for the county’s medical reserve. She noted that the disbursement of sales tax revenue from cannabis sales will vary from month to month.

“We want to make sure it’s spent wisely,” Brugger said. “I am grateful to the taxpayers that we have something to show for this. I know there are a lot of people who are against it. I think we are blessed as taxpayers to have it.

Commissioners approved the trade tax for cannabis retailers in Massac County at their February 9 meeting. The ordinance established the maximum allowable taxes – 3.75% in unincorporated areas of the county and 3% in its municipalities – applicable to cannabis purchases. July was the first month that taxes collected by the Illinois Review Department could be dispersed throughout the county.

The County of Massac made its second tax disbursement to all of its taxing districts – an amount of $ 3,870,989. 57.

Haverkamp said 1,756 “friendly reminders” for overdue property tax payments have been mailed. As of Tuesday morning, 84 mobile homes and 1148 packages remain in circulation.

Haverkamp pointed out that October 22 was the last day to pay property taxes before the list of offenders was published in the Metropolis Planet on October 28. Certificates for defaults will be mailed November 15-19 with payment due December 10 prior to the tax sale at 2 p.m. on Wednesday December 15. Payments can be made at the treasurer’s drop box, in person, by mail or online.

The Massac County Detention Center will soon have a new HVAC system.

The commissioners approved the Air Pro Heating & Cooling offer from Metropolis. The project includes the removal and replacement of the two rooftop units, which will require a crane, and their replacement with units including self-cleaning air purifiers at a cost of $ 39,478, which will be paid for through funding from the ‘County American Rescue Plan Act of 2021..

Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor noted that the replacement of the HVAC system, which is original from the building, will require some coordination, and he expects the project to begin within four next weeks.

Kaylor also briefed the Commissioners on the food budget situation he raised at the October 5 meeting. He said the jail was now using Save A Lot in Mayfield, Ky., To buy its televised dinners for lunch and dinner because the Metropolis location closed. He said the cost has increased by nearly $ 20,000 since last year. Breakfast meals are purchased from Big John.

He noted that housing for Johnson County inmates helps offset the cost of food. He plans to present the current year’s budget at the next meeting to see what funds can be moved to help pay for food costs.

Kaylor said the number of detainees has averaged 41 to 43 inmates over the past two weeks. As of Monday night, there were 42 inmates, including 15 from Johnson County and five from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Another item that the prison must provide to inmates is bed mats. Kaylor explained that these wear out over time and use, and that he has trouble getting new ones. He is looking for alternatives.

In other cases

• County Road Engineer Joe Matesevac informed the commission that he had submitted the final Country Club Bridge replacement plan. He obtained confirmation from a railway official that the plan had been received. He hopes it will be approved and that work can begin in 2022.

• Haverkamp informed the Commissioners that she has received a letter stating that corporate tax revenues have increased, therefore the county’s personal property replacement tax will be higher than this time of year. For this year, the county received $ 151,964.49 for the month of October, compared to $ 46,739 for October 2020.

• Haverkamp informed the commissioners that the county audit was progressing. She hopes it will be done at the end of the month.

• And, Haverkamp reported that the county’s general fund balance was around $ 220,000, before paying bills and payroll.

The next regular county committee meeting will be at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 2.


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