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Morgan Commission approves paying back taxes

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com · 340-2437

The Morgan County Commission approved distribution of back taxes it owes to the Board of Education and other entities.

License Commissioner Sue Baker Roan’s office collected a casual sales tax on automotive vehicles as well as well as other motorized vehicles like boats for 18 years. Roan’s office forwarded the money to the County Commission office.

Instead of distributing the proceeds to the school system, volunteer fire departments and the towns of Priceville, Somer-ville and Eva, the County Commission kept the money. Officials used the money for county services to the public, according to Chairman John Glasscock.

State Examiners of Public Accounts found the error here and in other counties during audits.

County schools will receive $509,400.57; volunteer fire departments, $56,600; Priceville, $23,834; Somerville, $10,128; and Eva, $310.92, according to a resolution the commission adopted Tuesday for distribution of the money.

In accordance with state law, the commission will get $56,642, its 10 percent share of the money. The money will go into the county’s General Fund.

The resolution states that the school board and other entities have agreed to accept the amounts “in complete satisfaction of Morgan County’s obligations to them with respect to the undistributed casual sales tax revenues.”

The commission plans to disburse the money within 30 days, according to the resolution.

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