The Jefferson County Council on Tuesday approved up to $350,000 in appropriations for construction of a new extension office.

The office, to be located on the east side of the fairgrounds, will house the soil and water and extension office workers.

The appropriation passed 5-0, with council member Laura Boldery making the motion. Council president Bill Hensler was absent and council member Joe Craig, who attended the meeting, was not present at the time of the vote.

The money will be taken from the county's economic development income tax, or CEDIT fund.

The extension office plan, which county officials began exploring about two years ago, has been downsized to about 2,900 square feet. Indianapolis firm RQAW is handling the design.

With the council's approval, the county can now pursue bids for the project. The project is contingent on the county issuing a survey of the land and obtaining a property lease from the fair board.

Also at the meeting, Treasurer Linda Greene reported that the company that prints and distributes the county property tax bills sent out last year's tax bills to county residents by mistake.

The correct tax bills will be mailed Friday.

L & D Mail Masters, a New Albany company, has handled the tax bill services for the past few years.

Greene said the proper information was sent to the company and approved by the treasurer's office. But somehow after the approval, the wrong information was printed and mailed, she said.

The printing costs about $6,000 and the mailing costs about $4,000.

"I can concretely tell you that they got the correct information," Greene told the council.  

Greene said reprinting and mailing out the correct bills will cost the county about $2,000, not the full amount. However, she plans to speak with the county attorney about recovering the reprinting and mailing costs.