CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County Assessor Office is temporarily out of money.
During the regular County Commission meeting Thursday, County Clerk Junior DeLay explained to county commissioners the circumstances which have led to the assessor's office being short on operating funds.
"He's got plenty of money left in his budget," DeLay said -- just no actual money.
The assessor's office operates from funds in the assessor's fund, according to DeLay.
"That fund is in the red $8,500," he said.
DeLay explained to commissioners how most of the assessor office's funding comes from quarterly reimbursements from the State Tax Commission. The reimbursements are allotted based on the number of parcels within the county.
In order to receive the reimbursements, however, the assessor's office is required to send the STC statistical data from the county each quarter.
DeLay said the second quarter reimbursement paperwork was sent late -- only a few weeks before the third quarter paperwork was sent.
The county treasurer called the STC and was advised they are holding the county's reimbursement checks until the STC reviews the data Tuesday to see if it meets their requirements.
The reimbursement check for the second quarter should be about $19,000 while the third quarter reimbursement should be about $17,600.
While the county's general revenue fund does subsidize the assessor's fund, $35,000 of the budgeted $44,000 has already been transferred.
Once the last $9,000 is transferred, the assessor will only have $500 to operate on until the STC reimbursements are received.
DeLay said it is the assessor's fault "because he's not complying with his directives."
If the second quarter data was submitted on time, the second quarter reimbursement money would have arrived at the beginning of November.
The county commission is unable to loan the assessor's fund any money until the reimbursement arrives, according to DeLay, because any transfers to the assessor's fund obligates the county to make transfers of the same amount in subsequent years, according to state statutes.
"I just don't think there should be any (purchase orders) issued to his office," said Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg.
"That's the only recourse we've got," Commissioner Homer Oliver agreed.