Cole County Commission Takes a New Stance
JEFFERSON CITY - Just one day after getting tangled up in a lawsuit, the Cole County Commission does an about-face on Friday. The suit stems from a dispute over how the Blair Oaks School District should repay tax dollars. The school refused, but the commission is changing its stance.
The tables have turned in what is playing out to be a controversial game of monopoly. The Cole County collector's office made mistakes in the distribution of surtaxes, giving too much to some jurisdictions and not enough to others. This leaves Blair Oaks overpaid by nearly $800,000 in the last 20 years. Jefferson City, who filed a Lawsuit against Cole County on Thursday was underpaid by more than four million in the last 20 years.
On October 26, Cole County told Blair Oaks they had until 5 p.m. on November 30 to pay the money. On Thursday it went from an ultimatum to a compromise. The Blair Oaks School Board will meet on Monday, December 6, 2010 to discuss further plans of action.