DECATUR – The Macon County board has approved some automation fee increases in order to cover costs.
Board Chairman Kevin Greenfield says they are upping a few fees after recommendation from a study done by Bellwether LLC. Greenfield says the increase not only makes them comparable to other counties, but also helps them balance out their costs.
“The increase only affects you if you have to file something through the county recorder or clerk’s office,” Greenfield says. “Our costs were higher than what the fee structure actually covered, so we have raised it to cover the cost.”
Through the county recorder’s office, the automation fee has increased from $8 to $13 and the geographic information system fee is up from $13 to $17. An automation fee through the county clerk’s office has also increased minimally from $2 to $3, with the addition of a $1 fee for notaries done by the office.
One fee is going down, however, as Greenfield says they are dropping the county clerk’s take notice fee back to $10 from $14. Greenfield says they weren’t aware they didn’t have the authority to increase the take notice fee at the time. He says they will attempt to reimburse those affected.
“We found out one of our increases several years ago was raised too much,” he says. “We weren’t aware of it at the time, but the way our ordinance read, we shouldn’t have raised it that much.”
Greenfield says they will be crediting anyone they can out of the General Fund, and they will vote on appropriating funds for reimbursement at next month’s meeting.
The county is also gearing up for construction season after getting some funds released from the state. Greenfield says they received about $1 million, and during the board’s Thursday night meeting they began appropriating funds to specific projects.
The county has appropriated funds to purchase several parcels of land along County Highway 41. Funds are also going towards engineering designs for bridges on Drummer Road over Lake Fork Creek in Austin Township, Damery Road over Spring Creek in Blue Mound Township, School Road over Friends Creek in Friends Creek Township, and an evaluation for the bridge on Kruse Road over Big Creek in Mt. Zion Township.
Funds will also be going towards construction expenses to connect County Highway 30 Elwin Road to County Highway 41 Wyckles Road.