Called Fiscal Court Meeting
The Butler County Fiscal Court met in a called session on Monday, July 28th. Magistrates Stevie Givens, Chad Tyree, Johnny Tuck and David Whittinghill were in attendance. During the July 14, 2014 meeting the court approved a 2% annual pay increase plus a .50 cent per hour increase for County Road Department employees, jail employees, county secretary, and treasurer. Some discussion was had about the raises, mostly centered on state regulations that limit spending during election years. The measure passed by a 5-0 vote. The court did not include the ferry operators and the director of the animal shelter in the original motion.
On Tuesday night Chad Tyree made the motion to include the ferry operators and animal shelter director in the two percent plus fifty cents an hour raise. After a lengthy discussion a roll call vote was taken. The motion carried 3-1 with David Whittinghill voting against the motion.
Judge David Fields reminded the court they could not spend over 65 percent of their budget prior to the election in November according to state law. Treasurer Susan Johnson is monitoring the county ‘s spending.
In other new business, a motion was carried to authorize Judge Fields to sign the quarterly federal tax return and payment to the U.S. treasurer in the amount of $92.
The court also voted to purchase a electronic sign from Kentucky Surplus Property in the amount of $2500. The annual Treasurer's settlement was approved following this. A motion increasing advertisement of the 2013-2014 audit was then carried to approval. Before adjournment, bills and transfers were approved.
Story and photos by Jeremey Hack, Beech Tree News