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County officials’ duties clarified PDF Print E-mail

Dear Editor:
We have heard that there is some confusion about the duties of county officials, particularly as to the handling of tax receipts and the dispersal of funds. We think that a clarification of those duties is in order.
When we pay our taxes to the county treasurer, that office then credits each subdivision that is listed on the tax statement. This then reflects what is available for paying of the county’s obligations. The treasurer is also to keep these funds invested so that there is some earning from these funds until they are needed. The treasurer is the keeper of these funds until the commissioners direct the funds to be spent.
This is done when the county clerk presents the bills or claims to the commissioners in the open meeting. Those claims then become warrants given to the county treasurer. The treasurer’s office then gives one check to the clerk, and the clerk pays the bills as presented to the commissioners. The treasurer’s office DOES NOT PAY BILLS. It is the county clerk’s  and commissioners’ responsibility to send out the checks in an orderly manner. The county treasurer DOES pay out tax funds collected to school districts, municipalities, the hospital district, fire departments and other entities. The directive boards or councils of these entities then pay their own bills.
This system is in place to insure that there are checks and balances in place to protect the county monies. It is important that we keep people in place who understand the system and have the experience and knowledge to carry out those duties. It is our opinion that  County Treasurer Patsy Kroeker has done a good job fulfilling her obligations in looking after Perkins County resources.                                          
Lyle and Doni Holaway