PINCKNEYVILLE — Perry County Board passed two ordinances to raise fees during its regular meeting Thursday. Both ordinances are fee adjustments recommended by Bruce DeLashmit of Bellwether LLC after a cost analysis of county fees spurred by a budget deficit that led the county to declare a financial emergency last month.
New fees for county clerk services include: Marriage licenses, $50; certified birth or marriage certificate, $18, $6 for each additional copy; certified death certificate, $24, $10 for each additional copy; raffle licenses, $15; business, changed names, $21; notary in person or by mail, $21; recording fee, $78; nonlegal recording fee, $69; nonstandard documents, $106; recording of subdivision plats, $134.
The new fees include an increase of $3 for certified copies of birth certificates and marriage licenses, with a $2 increase in the fee for additional copies obtained at the same time. The increase for certified death certificates is $9, with $4 increase for additional copies obtained at the same time.
The death certificate fees include state-mandated fees of $2 for the death certificate surcharge fund and $2 for the cemetery oversight licensing and disciplinary fund added to each death certificate. Marriage license fees include a state-mandated fee of $5 to the domestic violence fund. The ordinance also creates a county clerk’s automation fund and collects $2 for each copy of a certified document for that fund.
The basic recording fee for real estate documents includes $30.04 county recording fee plus $23 GIS fee, $11.96 automation fee, $9 rental housing support tax and $4 predictable fee.
The basic recording fee for documents not related to real estate includes the basic recording fee of $30.04, $23 GIS fee, $11.96 automation fee and $4 predictable fee.
The new fee schedule will go into effect on July 1.
Motions to pass both ordinances were made by Commissioner Dallas Bigham and seconded by Chairman Jim Epplin. Each motion passed with two votes in favor. Commissioner Robert Kelly was not at the meeting.
During the meeting, Epplin also thanked Circuit Clerk Kim Kellerman and Judge James Campanella for giving the county $260,564.23 in funding from their offices to pay bills in the month of May.
Barb Stevenson, administrator of Perry County Health Department, addressed the board during the public comments portion of the meeting. She is concerned about amounts pulled from the health department in the latest budget proposal, the Bellwether version of the budget, for payroll services.
Stevenson said she wanted to sit down with DeLashmit and a board representative to discuss how he came up the amount. She has not had any conversation with DeLashmit about the department’s budget.
County Engineer Brian Otten of the highway department expressed similar concerns.
Treasurer Mary Jane Craft said the amounts were calculated based on the number of employees in the department and a cost analysis of the time spent preparing county payroll.
In other business, the board:
Approved an annual contract with America’s Parking and Remarking for paving and striping county roads at a cost of $46,000.
Approved conveyance of property in Du Quoin that was sold by sealed bid.
Heard from Jason McKee of ST Network, a company that audits business electricity charges and recovers any overcharges by utility companies. If the board approves an agreement with ST Network, they would split any amounts recovered. There are no fees for the service.
The board’s next regular meeting will be at 2 p.m. June 6.