Harrison approves recorders fund

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Harrison County Commissioner Paul Coffland looks over the commissioners’ agenda on Wednesday.

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE Harrison County Commissioner Paul Coffland looks over the commissioners’ agenda on Wednesday.

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners approved a proposal by the county recorder for a special equipment fund Wednesday.

The commissioners heard from Joshua Willis, county recorder, regarding a special equipment fund that is designed to bring in revenue for the office. Willis said the fund has existed for awhile now, but it hasn’t had money put into it for several years. Therefore, Willis asked commissioners to approve the proposal, which asks for $7 of the fee that is collected for filing or recording a document is placed into the treasury and designated as “Recorder’s Special Equipment Fund.” According to information provided by Willis, estimates show the office will generate $9,075 per month in fees from filing and recording documents and $2,330 in fees for the fund. The money will be used for various purposes in the recorder’s office, including computer equipment, equipment maintenance, indexing services contracts and more. Commissioners approved the proposal, noting that a well-run recorder’s office is important to the county.

“That office needs to stay up to date,” said Commissioner Don Bethel.

Commissioners also approved a resolution to create a County Medicaid Sales Tax Transition fund. This fund will be used to “mitigate the effects of, and assist in the adjustment to, the reduced sales tax revenues of counties and affected transit authorities caused by the repeal of sales tax collected by Medicaid health insuring corporations on health care transactions.” The total transitional aid amount to help with the termination of sales tax on Medicaid for Harrison County is $122,629. Commissioner Paul Coffland noted that the loss in sales tax revenue is “not a huge hit to our finances” when compared to other counties. Coffland noted that officials will have to keep a careful eye on the budget going forward with the loss in sales tax revenue.

In other business, the commissioners approved a resolution to authorize county Engineer Robert Sterling to submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and Local Transportation Improvement programs. The programs provide financial assistance for improvements to public infrastructure, and Harrison County intends to participate in the programs to improve area roads in the near future.

The Harrison County Board of County Commissioners meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the county courthouse.

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