With two awards in four years for outstanding county governance, Outgoing Presiding Commissioner John Meehan says the future for Pettis Co. is bright

With two awards in four years for outstanding county governance, Outgoing Presiding Commissioner John Meehan says the future for Pettis Co. is bright

Pettis County, Mo. was recently recognized by the Missouri Association of Counties, for bringing new ideas into governance and public service. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Outgoing Presiding Commissioner John Meehan.

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For two of the past four years, including 2014, Pettis County has received an award from the MAC. In 2011 it was the award for Responsible County Government. This year’s recognition is for “County Government Innovation Leads to Success”.

Outgoing Presiding Commissioner John Meehan says it is an across the board effort.

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“We started this whole process of, ‘Let’s analyze everything that we do. How can we reduce expenses? How can we control costs? (Are) there ways to boost the non-tax revenues, and through all of this, provide additional county services in addition to enhancing the services we currently provide’,” he explained.

Meehan added, “And that’s where it all (came) together, where the cooperation and collaboration of everybody reaching out for those goals to make Pettis County Government the most efficient county government possible, and one of the best in the State of Missouri.”

Commissioner John Meehan speaks about one initiative helping save taxpayers substantial money.

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“One of our biggest projects was the solar project. We actually installed 3, 25kW units. One of them was installed on top of the Pettis County Courthouse. The other two units were installed on top of the Pettis County Jail. One of those units there, supplies energy to the jail, and the other one, to the public safety building,” the commissioner stated.

“Savings going forward is projected, and has proven out to be, $11,000 per year, for the next 25 to 30 plus years.”

Commissioner Meehan states that money is just a part of the $1,000,000 a year in total savings for taxpayers.