Commissioners pass 2014 budget
Crawford County Commissioners ratified the 2014 budget on Tuesday. Budget requests from all but two offices were approved. The county’s financial situation has improved overall to the point that commissioners felt comfortable in allowing funding for a 35-cent wage increase for all county employees, and in creating a full-time maintenance position for the jail while making a change from two part-time custodial positions for the courthouse to one full-time employee.
More ADA work being completed at courthouse
The main staircase is under renovation in the Crawford County Courthouse in an attempt to make it more accessible and safer for all who use it. In November of 2013, after a man fell from the bottom of the steps and broke his thumb, commissioners sought and accepted bids to improve the stairs. His was not the only fall during the year, however, as the assistant prosecutor also stumbled on the narrow stairs, along with at least two others.
County tax rollback doesn't mean your overall tax bill should have delined, clerk explains
A number of taxpayers have been confused when looking at their annual property tax bills in Crawford County. After the audit report earlier this year that stated property tax reductions had been calculated incorrectly for several years, many expected to see a decrease on their bills, and when that didn’t happen for some, they questioned it.
County teachers hear special presentation
Crawford County school staff heard a special presentation on the “Talk, the Truth, and the Crucial Conversations” about public schools in America from Dr. John Draper on Friday, January 3. Teachers and other school personnel from Bourbon, Cuba, and Steelville were able to gather together for the unique professional development event at the Meramec Music Theatre in Steelville.
Child pornography, other charges filed
A Cuba man stands charged with class A felony sexual exploitation of a minor and class D felony sexual misconduct involving a child by coercion. Gerald Carrell, 44, was charged on January 7 with creating child pornography of a 12-year-old child and inducing the child to expose herself in order to arouse others.
New tax approved to support 911
Crawford County citizens will soon have an additional one-quarter-cent sales tax levied on residential utilities. The revenue collected from the tax will go to fund the county’s Emergency 911 Center.