Commissioners approve tax levy amounts and rates, airport rehabilitation funding approved
By Taylor Kaser
The projected revenue to be raised from tax levies this year to be certified by the Auditor was approved by the commissioners at their September 5 regular meeting.
Amounts and rates, which are figured by the Budget Commission, estimate the amount of money that county entities, like the hospital and Health Department, will receive from levies.
A grant offer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) was accepted for the Airport Improvement Project, specifically rehabilitation of the apron. This will include repaving of the apron and the installation of a precision approach path indicator.
The grant, $226,372.96, has a federal share of $203,735 (90%) and a required 10% local match of $22,637.96 for only the Apron A Section A.
A bid submitted by Kokosing Construction Company, Inc. for the paving of Apron A Section A of the airport was accepted by the commissioners at their September 10 meeting. The contract is in the amount of $205,368.96.
Richland Engineering Limited’s proposal for engineering services was accepted. The total cost, $17,004 is funded from the FY2012 FFA grant.
Unappropriated funds of $30,000 in the Rural Hardship Grant Fund were approved for appropriation to projects.
Transfers of funds were approved for the Court of Common Pleas, the Development Office, and the Sheriff’s Office ICE Program.
At their September 10 regular meeting, the commissioners put approval of the implementation of web filter software on courthouse employee computers on hold for discussion with elected officials at their monthly meeting later in the day.
Commissioner Olen Jackson explained that the software, Barracuda Web Filter, has been available to the county since the computer server was last updated, and if approved will be begin usage on September 17.
“It effects everyone,” explained Commissioner Tom Whiston, “the biggest thing, is this will actually restrict some of the stuff getting through, and reduces the possibility that some of the viruses are sent through.”
“This will be a step forward in Cyber Security also.” noted Jackson.
Also, appropriations for EMA and the Sheriff’s Office were approved. A transfer of funds was approved for the Board of Developmental Disabilities.