By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — County Prosecutor Chip McConville said that as of the end of July, the county prosecutor's office is on pace to handle 286 cases by the end of the year.
“That's nine or 10 more than last year,” he told a gathering of elected county officials on Thursday. “We have a lot of cases waiting in our rack to go to grand jury,” but there is a 150-day turnaround at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing. McConville said that the Ohio Attorney General's office has “opened the tap” for funding private companies to complete the testing to catch up on the backlog.
Treasurer Shelly Coon said the county collected more than $27.731 million in property taxes, about $1 million more than last year. She noted that delinquencies are down and that her office is in the process of starting foreclosures. She said some property owners in Apple Valley have indicated interest in buying adjacent lots once the lots have gone through the foreclosure process.
Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel said renovation is progressing on the “probation house” at 118 E. High St. Work includes a new roof and floor. When renovations are complete, which Wetzel anticipates will be this fall, the Adult Parole Authority will relocate from 117 E. High St. and probation officers will relocate from the county courthouse. “It's really going to be a tremendous addition to probation services,” he said.
Auditor Jonette Curry said the county's unencumbered balance as of July is slightly over $5.042 million. That compares to $5.187 million in July 2016. She said that for the third year, the county has received the state's Auditor of State Award with Distinction.