Despite indications last month that Sharp County's financial woes might be improving, Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford asked the quorum court at the June 10 meeting to reappropriate the percentage of sales tax currently going to the road fund. Currently 65 percent of state turnback money goes to the road department and 35 percent goes to county general. Crawford asked the court to approve an ordinance that would give county general 100 percent of the sales tax money received in the months of June and July. The ordinance states the arrangement "will be in effect only if a shortage appears for bills and/or payroll." The court approved the ordinance with a unanimous vote, but only after approving an amendment to the ordinance requiring all money to be reimbursed to the road fund by Oct. 31. Crawford estimated the sales tax money being redirected from the road department to be approximately $16,000 per month. Last year the county borrowed $64,000 from the road department with the state auditor's approval when they encountered financial troubles. However, the auditor told them it should not be done in that manner again. He instructed the county to reappropriate the percentage split instead of borrowing. Crawford expressed concern about the county's financial condition and said he thought it would be beneficial for the county to start working on next year's budget sooner than was the usual custom. He appointed a budget committee to start immediately on next year's budget. Greg Prenger of Cherokee Village was appointed as chairman. Other members of the committee included Marc Goings of Hardy, Bob Evins of Cherokee Village, Ray Martin of Ash Flat and Buell Wilkes of Evening Shade.Crawford told the court June turnback money was $2,700 less than the prior month of May. Crawford said the state continues to "hit" the counties for additional funds as the state's financial condition continues to worsen. He estimated the county would have a shortfall of over $20,000 from estimated turnback funds. In other business the court appointed Sheila Morgan of Poughkeepsie and Ed Ericson of Evening Shade to serve on the South Sharp County Ambulance Board.Crawford reported the road department purchased a 2002 extended cab, four-wheel-drive pickup truck for $19,182 and traded an old road grader in on a 1996 John Deere road grader, paying $54,000 for the new grader.