The Opp News
Probate Judge Ben Bowden visited the Covington County Commission at its meeting Monday requesting payment of a bill due his office.
The amount, approximately $29,000. These are fees charged the probate office by the bank when citizens use their credit or debit cards. The amount owed covers 22 months, ending Sept. 30, 2010.
Bowden explained that an audit by the state examiners discovered that the probate office had paid the $29,000, but for the books to balance, the money must be put back by the commission.
“The County Commission has traditionally absorbed the fees for customers to use their credit or debit cards,” Bowden said. “Every year the volume of customers using credit cards goes up.”
Bowden told the Commission that in the past, interest drawn on the probate office’s general fund has helped to offset the fees, but as time has gone by, the interest no longer does that.