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County OKs budget; seats new officials

By on December 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm

In its last official action of the current fiscal year, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners approved the 2019 budget Friday.

The $17.6 million budget represents an increase of about 9 percent over fiscal year 2018. But accountant Jim Schmersahl stressed most of this increase is due to late property assessments, which have disrupted cash flow into county coffers. The actual increase is slightly more than 2 percent, correlating with inflation.

Among the new expenses are an additional $65,000 for a second assistant state’s attorney and $20,000 for a part-time sheriff’s department investigator.

“That’s to cover additional trial activity potentially as well as ongoing increased drug enforcement efforts,” Schmersahl said.

“The sheriff is very proactive with drug enforcement in this community, which he should be. We all have children growing up here. And the state’s attorney (cost) is a reflection of that proactiveness,” Commissioner Vicki Koerber added…>>>

Read the rest of the story in the December 5, 2018, newspaper.

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: