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Local News 1.22.2018

The Marion County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to accept a $700,000 bid for the county care facility site. Supervisors will hold a public hearing on it at their Feb. 27 meeting.  The board had revealed a minimum expectation of $800,000 at its Feb. 13 meeting, but the highest bid was $590,000 from Synhorst. It lowered its asking price to $700,000 because of work that must be done at the site. Supervisor Steve McCombs said $700,000 is a fair number, adding that if the county had to demolish the building, it probably would cost about $100,000.

South Central Iowa residents beware – if someone calls claiming you have unpaid utility bills, it’s probably a scam.  That’s the word from the Pella Police Department; in an official statement released yesterday, the department said they’ve received numerous calls about scammers – some successful – asking residents for money from what appears to be a local utility company.  The scammers call residents claiming that there is an unpaid utility bill. They ask residents to purchase Green Dot cards or other prepaid cards from local stores to pay that outstanding bill. The Pella police department says scams like this increase during tax season when many people are receiving tax refunds.