Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2013

2015-2018 salaries set for County officials

CENTER — Thursday  was the time to set the 2015 – 2018 salary for elected Knox County officials.

Registered voters who are interested in running for a county office in the 2014 election will soon have the option of filing the necessary paperwork and the filing fee is based on the 2015 official’s salary.

County board members went into executive session twice during the Oct. 31 meeting to discuss personnel issues and the salary amounts for elected officials

The base salary for elected county officials, which will take effect on Jan 1, 2015, was set at $55,000.

The Sheriff will receive an extra $600 per month for extra duties involved in operating the county jail.

The supervisor’s salary, for 2015, was set at $22,000.

 

By statute the filing fee is one percent of the annual salary, according to Knox Co. Clerk Joann Fischer.

“Dec. 2 is the earliest date we can start taking filings,” Fischer said. “Incumbents have to file by Feb 1. Others have until March l to file.”

The primary election is in May and the General Election will be in November 2014.

The elected officials will take office in January of 2015.

 

Board members had a tough time making the decision on purchasing a piece of equipment for the road department that came with a price tag close to $215,000.

Jim Ramey from Rose Equipment talked to board members about the options on new and used Roscoe RA400 Patchers.

The patcher would be used for repairing pot holes, cracks, rebuilding road edges and other road work.

Supervisor Danny Schlote was concerned with the price.

“Is there a reason why we can’t just use our old one,” Schlote said.

 

Board members had a lengthy discussion before making the decision to spend $213,500 on a new patching machine and trade the old patching machine in.

Knox County has a little over 100 miles of oiled roads according to Hwy Supt Kevin Barta.

The new patcher will be used throughout the county.

“It is a lot of money but it should last for at least fifteen years. It will save the roads in the long run,” Barta said.

 

Board members also gave their approval on the purchase of a 2014 Ford 4X4 pickup. The state bid for the pickup was right at $23,700.

The pickup will be used in district one which is covered by Supervisor Marty O’Connor.

 

The Sheriff’s Quarterly Report of Fees, July 1 to Sept 30, included 29 handgun applications for a total of $145. An amount of $1,920 was collected for 192 vehicle inspections that were completed during the three month period. The Sheriff’s Office collected $1,881in fees for serving papers. The money collected by the sheriff’s office was submitted to the county’s general fund.

 

Fifty-six distress warrants in the amount of $21,865, which includes interest and warrant fees, have been delivered to the County Sheriff for collection.

The distress warrants involve unpaid taxes on personal property.

 

Board members approved an application for a liquor license for Paula Veldhouse, dba Lindy Country Club, Bloomfield.

Knox County approved claims submitted by Sharon Boham and Curtis J. Boham for a tax refund involving a budget error on the Verdigre School bond.

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