Crawford County News
A phone scam using the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department name has been reported this week. Major Janet Young said that phone calls are being made where a person claims to be from the sheriff’s department, and offers to drop charges against the person for bad debts owed if they will make a payment over the phone with a check or credit card. Young stated the sheriff’s department would never call with such a statement, so any such call is suspect.
Senior board gives report to commission
The Crawford County Senior Citizen’s Tax Commission will meet to review applications for funding on February 24 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the county jail. Don Gummersheimer, chair of the commission, reported on the entity’s recent work and upcoming plans at the county commission meeting held on January 21.
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.