Reassessment was the main topic of discussion at Monday's regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners.
Clay County Assessor Mark Barnhart informed the council that he recommended the services of Tyler Technologies/CLT Division to conduct the reassessment.
Based out of Dayton, Ohio, but with an office in Jasper, Ind., representatives would be doing a parcel-by-parcel reassessment throughout the county, spread out over the next four years.
Barnhart said he made this recommendation because there are numerous counties in the state which have hired Tyler Technologies to do this style of reassessment for the second time, and because the company is extremely thorough in its process.
The last time parcel-by-parcel reassessment had been done in Clay County was more than 10 years ago, and Barnhart said he believed this would be a good way to assess property values instead of having to do the entire county at once.
The total cost of the reassessment process, which is to be completed by 2011 over the four years is expected to be $713,430.
The Clay County Council is responsible for approving the distribution of appropriation money from within the county budget.
The council unanimously approved the 2007 portion of the reassessment cost ($184,600) at their meeting Monday night.
Other items discussed during Monday's commissioners meeting:
o Signed a lease agreement, contingent on approval from County Attorney Eric Somheil, for a new Xerox copier for the Clay County Superior Court.
o Approved a three-year renewal contract from Verizon for the county 911 phone lines and circuits. There is no cost increase with the new contract.
o Approved a change in the work order for Bridges 230 and 239 to widen them from 17 feet to 20 feet wide to allow for easier transport of farm equipment. The cost to complete the widening will be an extra $4,000 each, upping the cost to $53,550 per bridge.
o An additional payment of $350 to be made to Kramer's Custom Service for vegetation control at Briley Creek, which will come from the county escrow account, was also approved.
o Made an emergency declaration to repair Bridge 78, located on CR 300 N, a mile-and-a-half east of SR 59.
The bridge, which was built in 1990, is still under warranty.
With the budget hearings being held in the Commissioners' Court, the next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, at 9 a.m. in the basement of the Clay County Courthouse.
Tables and chairs will be set up for the public who, as always, are welcome to attend.