New Excise Board member appointed; Special meeting called for budget

Jason Angus Reporter

October 8, 2013

The Jackson County Commissioners accepted a resignation letter from Board of Equalization/Excise Board Chairman, and appointed a new member during their regular meeting held Monday, Oct. 7, in the Commissioners’ Office of the County Courthouse. Vice Chairman Cary Carrell presided in lieu of Chairman Anthony Fixico who was absent. A special meeting has been called for the Excise Board to meet on Thursday, to consider the county budget.

District #3 Commissioner Carrell read allowed Excise Board member Chuck Paris’ resignation letter. “I have enjoyed serving all the people in the county including the county employees. There comes a time for change and now is definitely the time. I have been in this position from 2000 to the present. I have enjoyed working with two of the most honest and dedicated persons I know, Coy Butler and Rick Johnson, also to include our secretary Robin Booker County Clerk.” Commissioners voted to accept Paris’ resignation effective Sept. 27.

Commissioners appointed John Lingle,to be sworn in today by District Judge Richard Darby,to represent District #1 on the Excise Board. Darby has already selected and sworn in Jason Winters as of last week, to represent District #2. Both positions will fill unexpired terms, to end on Dec. 31, 2014. The third and final member will be chosen by Senator Mike Schulz.

An Excise Board special meeting has been called for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m., to consider the pending budget. Although the board is still waiting on a third member, two members makes a quorum. Recently resigned Excise members did not approve the budget because they refused to allow a pay increase of $250 per month for all 108 Jackson County Employees.

Commissioner also signed the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Proclamation for Tobacco Free Youth in Jackson County.

Supplemental Appropriations including the County Assessor’s Revolving Fund for $222.00, and Sheriff’s Service Fee for $1,137.50. They also approved the publication of Commissioners’ proceedings for the month of September.

Minutes Reports from the month of September including Jackson County Health Department, Treasurer’s Office, Assessor’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Court Clerks’s Office, and County Clerk’s Office.

Under Officer reports, County Clerk Robin Booker informed that the Jackson County Health Department will be giving flu shots at the Health Department this Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday and Friday, and next week from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1 to 4 p.m.

County Treasurer Rene Howard informed that her office has received the quarterly report from Bank First, July 1, to Sept. 30, on County Jail sales tax, and also reported receiving a refund in the amount of $1,019,093.42. “That is down $40,000 from last year’s refund,” Howard said.

Howard also reminded that the Treasurer’s Office will be closed today and Wednesday of this week. The Courthouse will also be closed on Monday, Oct. 14, for Columbus Day.

A blanket purchase order for District #3 was also approved for Eldorado Supply Company and Seven Oil.

After discussion of new business and approval of claims, the meeting adjourned.