County providing funds for second consecutive year

Marion County is continuing its financial support of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. During Monday's meeting of the county commission in Palmyra approval was given to enter into a contract with CASA for $1,000.

"Even though they do get some federal grants and state funds there is still a lot of money they have to raise," said Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode of CASA.

According to Bode, the money from the county is to be used to "train more volunteers to work in the system."

This marks the second consecutive year that the commissioners have voted unanimously to support the CASA program with $1,000.

"It is probably something we will continue doing as long as our budget is able to because we feel it is a great program," said Bode. "It helps children who are in the court system by trying to make sure there is an advocate helping out the under-aged children and making sure things go good for them while they are going through the court system."

In other business:

• County Clerk Valerie Dornberger reported that sales tax revenue was up a little bit last month compared to last year. Overall, revenue is slightly lower than in record-setting 2017 through the first three months of the year.

"We are right in the ballpark," said Bode. "Right now we're holding our own. I think we will have a good year again."

• The commissioners heard, but passed on, a temperature-control system. According to Bode, the county already has a comparable system in place in both courthouses.

• The commissioners also took no action on a proposal that would automatically make regular payments for the county.

"At this time due to our size and this being new to counties our size, we went ahead and passed," said Bode. "It is something we will keep an eye on and ask for some references when they do get some counties our size signed up."


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