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By VINCE LUECKE
TELL CITY – Perry County residents will soon be able to avoid long lines at tax-paying time and can quit worrying about trying to race to the courthouse before it closes to pay child support or other court obligations.
County commissioners gave their blessing Monday to a plan by the county’s clerk’s and treasurer’s offices to install a drop box at the courthouse. An exact site hasn’t been chosen but will be near the entrance and accessible by motorists without having to exit their vehicles.
“We’re asked often if we have a drop box,” said Jean Schulthise, the county clerk. “It’s something I think we need.”
Many people’s work schedules make it difficult to arrive before offices close at 4 p.m. and while property-taxpayers can make payments at banks – or take advantage of extended hours held at least once each spring and fall, a drop box will be well used, Schulthise and County Treasurer Judy Pund said.
The approximately $1,400 drop box will be paid for jointly by the two offices and the money will come from existing accounts. “We won’t have to ask for an additional appropriation,” Schulthise said.
She and Pund said the drop box could be in place within a couple of weeks.
Greetings from Owensboro Health
Commissioners hear from Reid Haire ofOwensboro Health, formerly known as Owensboro Medical Health System. He spoke about the new $400 million hospital being constructed in Owensboro. He pledged Owensboro Health’s cooperation in providing local health care and would collaborate with Perry County Memorial Hospitalin promoting a “good relationship” with the two providers, with Perry County Memorial Hospital an important “first stop” for county residents’ medical needs.
Haire also talked about the local impact of the hospital’s operations in Daviess County and in Perry County. It operates a clinic in the Lincoln Park Plaza and owns the Riverfront Medical Buildingon Seventh Street.
Haire said the hospital provided $2.1 million in payroll to county residents and granted $581,000 in charity care to Perry Countians.
During 2011 the hospital admitted 330 county citizens.
Commissioners began their meeting with a moment of silence honoring the 12 years the late Donnie Etienne gave to the board. He passed away Saturday. Commissioner Tom Hauser said Etienne’s positive influence as a public servant would be felt for many years.