BENTON - While talk of an economic turnaround has circulated for weeks, the numbers indicate it may be more than just talk.
"We're actually seeing it here, too," said Scott County Commissioner Jamie Burger during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.
According to county officials, Scott County's 2003 general revenue sale tax receipts ended slightly higher than expected with a 1.9 percent increase over last year.
Officials noted that while 2 percent doesn't sound like much, it translates to $27,845 more than collected in 2002. "Better to be up than down," said Commissioner Walter Bizzell.
Officials had budgeted for $1.48 million in receipts this year with actual receipts in 2002 totaling $1,483,369.
In other business conducted during Tuesday's meeting:
* Commissioners reviewed a standard bid form for the county's video arraignment equipment which outlines specifications for the system.
A prebid meeting for vendors is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.
Although attendance at the prebid meeting is not required in the project's specifications, "I encourage them to," said Jim Schwaninger, county economic developer.
In addition to placing advertisements, bid packets were sent out to four potential bidders.
* Schwaninger advised he will look into Morley's water district grant to see if the county can apply for a similar grant or as an add-on to that project to fund a feasibility study for a proposed county rural water district.
Schwaninger explained the grant the county originally was going to apply for will accept applications until April 15 and will not make awards until July 1.
"I know we want to see (the engineer) get going on this thing," Schwaninger said.
* Schwaninger agreed to look into records preservation grants at the request of Burger who advised commissioners would like to use a room currently filled with old tax record books for additional office space.
"They have to be kept forever I think," said Rita Milam, county clerk, about the tax records.
Burger discussed the possibility of the historical society and the library making a joint effort with the county for an archive building
"It would be beneficial for the historical society to have them," Burger said of the tax record books. "They could take care of them, show them."
* "It's that time of the year for receipt books," said Glenda Enderle, county treasurer.
Enderle said she has already contact Moll and Meeks printing companies for new tax books and so far it appears prices will run about the same as last year.
Commissioners also approved a new computer monitor for the treasurer's office along with three monitors for the collector's office.
* A letter from the public defender's office in Cape Girardeau was reviewed by commissioners advising because the office has added four lawyers and additional associated personnel, they have outgrown present office space and are remodeling existing space to accommodate them in the former jail.
The cost of remodeling is projected to run about $30,000 and will double their floor space.
The letter advises that the county should budget for double the amount they were billed for this year, which was roughly $4,000.