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Keown Hired As Occupational Tax Officer

The Butler County Fiscal Court held a special called meeting on Thursday night at 6 to close out some routine business before the end of the fiscal year. The court also had to hire a replacement for departing Occupational Tax Officer Harold McKee.

The court held the second reading of an amendment to the fiscal year 2011/12 budget. The amendment will provide funding for asphalt projects in the coming year, cover insurance expenses, and provide the county’s portion of the purchase price of the new industrial property. Third District Magistrate Chad Tyree moved to approve the amendment with Second District Magistrate Johnny Tuck seconding. The motion passed by a 5-0 vote.

The court then went into a 40 minute closed session to hire the new Occupational Tax Officer. Upon their return Chad Tyree moved to hire Sandy Keown at the rate of $10 per hour in a part-time position. First District Magistrate Stevie Givens seconded the motion. County Judge David Fields asked for a roll call vote. Tyree, Givens, and Fifth District Magistrate David Whittinghill voted aye on the motion, with Johnny Tuck and Fourth District Magistrate Keith Daugherty voting no. The motion passed 3-2. Keown will begin her duties soon after the new year.

Magistrates approved a final batch of bill payments by a 5-0 vote and the meeting was then adjourned.

The next meeting of the Fiscal Court will be held on Monday, January 9th at 6 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom of the Butler County Courthouse. All Fiscal Court meetings are open to the public.


Story by Joe Morris, BTN


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