Revenue Commissioner to get new website

Published 3:58 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Marengo County Revenue Commissioner Sharon Barkley will be getting a new website in the near future.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Marengo County Commission decided to go with the IMS service for the new website over the Sturgis service, based on Commissioner Michael Thompson’s recommendation. His recommendation was based largely on the amount of money that would be saved by using the IMS service because it is free for the county. The new site will allow citizens to pay their property taxes online.

The commission also heard from Probate Judge Laurie Hall. They approved her hiring a new part-time employee to fill in when the current employee cannot come in. The commission also approved reserving a parking space for vehicle inspections. The inspections are required to be done on new vehicles and title transfers so the probate office can verify that the information of the title matches the vehicle.

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Mike Marshall, from the Demopolis Industrial Development Board, addressed the commission about the road going into the southern industrial park in Demopolis.

“It’s just a matter of time before a truck takes that turn too tight and turns over in the ditch out there,” he said.

Marshall said the total cost of the improvements would be $10,521, and that any help from the commission would be appreciated.

Spencer Ryan from Alabama People Against a Littered State (Alabama PALS) also spoke to the commission. The organization’s “Don’t Drop It on Alabama” statewide spring cleanup initiative will be from Saturday, April 20 to Saturday, April 27, and Ryan was extending an invitation to Marengo County.

“Last year we picked up close to 400 tons of litter across the state,” he said. “We will ship the bags and other materials to you if you choose to participate.”

In other business, the commission did the following:

•Approved EMA fund and tobacco tax fund CD rate of .75 percent for six months with Sweet Water State Bank.

•Approved county levies for alcohol licensing.

•Approved tax abatement of Rock-Tenn.

•Approved resolution granting a $5 issuance fee to tags.

•Approved a bid from Demopolis Delivery Service for the summer feeding program.

•Approved a new hire in the Sheriff’s Department.