BENTON - Scott County has joined the long list of counties opting out of the new state assessment requirements.
County commissioners passed the opt-out ordinance as permitted by Senate Bill 960 during their regular meeting Tuesday.
The new assessment requirements, which were put into effect by House Bill 1150, would have mandated setting different property tax rates for agricultural, commercial and residential real estate.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting:
* Ultimate Flooring Inc. of Sikeston was awarded the bid to install new carpet around the courthouse.
Ultimate Flooring entered a bid of $16,124.62. The only other bid was from Modern Floor Coverings for $19,866.
The project involves offices on the first floor of the courthouse including the collector's, county clerk's, assessor's and recorder's offices as well as the new jury room; offices on the second floor including the treasurer's, probate and juvenile offices; and the probate courtroom as well as removing the old carpet and preparing floors.
Walter Bizzell, commissioner, noted one second-floor office being remodeled for a courtroom to be used for the circuit Drug Court is nearly finished.
* "With it being so hot and dry, the County Commission encourages everyone to be careful burning," Presiding Commissioner Priggel said.
* Commissioners have set Oct. 19 as the deadline for proposals to develop the county's geographic information system.
In related news, County Economic Developer Jim Schwaninger said each of the county departments are being given their own form to fill out for the needs assessment.
Schwaninger said the whole system will be based on parcel numbers, as the system will include "links to all existing databases by that parcel number."
* Paving Highway 266 has already resulted in seven temporary positions at the Port Authority for the harvest, and should bring in another 30 jobs with a grain mill, according to Schwaninger.
While results are not as instantaneous as the construction of a factory, the road is definitely "enhancing the ability for jobs," he said.
* Schwaninger reported Creative Design Group is continuing to move forward on the development of the county's Web site.
"I'm working with (E-911 Administrator) Joe Burton to make a map to show road districts," Schwaninger said.
Dave Green, president of Creative Design Group, was also present at Tuesday's meeting with a digital camera to take pictures of county officials for inclusion on the Web site.