Commission sets deadline for tax agreement

Laclede County Commission

LDR photo/Steve Smith
Western Commissioner Darrell Pollock, right, speaks to his fellow commissioners while Eastern Commissioner Joe Pickering, left, listens.


The Laclede County Commission on Tuesday decided to give itself 10 days to come up with a new agreement for the collection of Lebanon city taxes.
If a new agreement can’t be reached in 10 days the current agreement, which came in for criticism from the state auditor, would be terminated, Presiding Commissioner Danny Rhoades said.
Commissioners spent nearly two hours discussing the long-running issue, which also involves Laclede County Collector Steve Pickering. The commissioners have been talking about the agreement for more than a year, but said they were unable to come up with a contract agreeable to Pickering that resolves problems found in the audit. March 1 was the deadline for changes to the current agreement with the county, city and collector.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Rhoades said he had received a  proposed contract from Steve Pickering that included a cap on compensation for the collector. He said this was closer to what the county wanted than Pickering’s earlier proposals.  
“This agreement is different than anything I’ve seen from him,” Rhoades said. 
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