CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County commissioners will transfer money from the county's general revenue fund to help with roads.
"We just started blacktopping," Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said during the regular County Commission meeting Thursday.
This year's first stretch of blacktop was laid Wednesday on County Road 413, also known as Miller Road, Blumenberg said.
Commissioners have already determined, however, that there is not enough money in the road and bridge budget to adequately address all the road maintenance needed this year.
Thin blacktop overlays, often referred to as "rabbit skins," are "a waste of time and money," Commissioner Homer Oliver said.
"We're just going to have to tap into general revenue," Blumenberg said. "We've just got to get it done."
He suggested next putting a 1.5-2 inch overlay on a stretch of County Road 416 a little over a mile and a half long after which commissioners will see how much money remains in the road and bridge fund.
"We've got ideal weather for blacktopping," Blumenberg said. He said road and bridge crews would mix blacktop Saturday but also suggested checking on premix blacktop prices as premix saves time.
Commissioner Martin Lucas said they need to make sure the farmers in that area are done harvesting their wheat before putting down blacktop or their trucks will "just tear it up."
The transfer of general revenue funds to help the county's roads should be OK, Blumenberg said, as they can expect more tax revenue next year due to an index change on residential property which raised assessed valuations.
He noted the assessed valuation on his home went up nearly $13,000 which he said is an increase of about 7 percent.
Assessor W.R. "Bill" Thompson was not available for comment but one of his staff confirmed the index has gone up from 2.0 to 2.15 on residential property as mandated by the state.
Residents have already starting requesting hearings before the county's Board of Equalization, which hears appeals on property valuations, according to Cyndi Hensley, deputy county clerk. "We've got three people so far," she said.
The BOE meets beginning on the second Monday of July, Hensley said.
In other business Thursday:
* Commissioners reviewed a letter which advised the reimbursement from the state for prisoners held by the county that go into the Missouri Department of Corrections will go up from $20 per day to $21.25 starting July 1 with the beginning of the state's 2008 fiscal year.
* The resignation of Billy Julius of Anniston for janitorial services at the courthouse was accepted by commissioners effective today. Commissioners agreed to award the position to her assistant, Pam O'Dell of East Prairie, and Agnes Futch.
Commissioners said O'Dell is already familiar with the job and will be hired with the same arrangements as Julius worked under.
* Commissioners reappointed Albert Peters of Bertrand to another three-year term on the Mississippi County Johnson Grass Control Board.
Commissioners also appointed Amanda Hall to fill one of the two unexpired term vacancies on the county's Senate Bill 40 Board.
Blumenberg abstained from the vote as Hall is his daughter.
* Blumenberg said he isn't really interested in the insurance plan presented by Kerry Kisslinger from Missouri Public Entity Benefits Insurance on June 7.
"I don't believe the situation we're in is all that bad," Blumenberg said.