Council continues to discuss possible circuit breaker impact

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The Washington County Council met Tuesday, Sept. 6, and handled the following business:

DISCUSSED: Darren Bates, a government consultant, presented spreadsheet-based projections of the impact the state’s property tax circuit breaker may have on revenue for various county entities. This portion of the meeting was attended by representatives from the City of Salem and local schools. In August, the council reviewed preliminary projections by the state that estimate property tax income losses for the City of Salem, the library, Washington Township, and Salem Community Schools might experience. The loss to the city alone is estimated to exceed $600,000.

APPROVED: The council unanimously approved an amendment to the salary ordinance pertaining to the new part-time position of weed technician. The matter was discussed by commissioners in July, with Danielle Walker, of the Washington County Purdue Extension office, informing commissioners they were hiring Steve Anderson for the job. She noted Anderson also sits on the weed board. Anderson will be responsible for identifying areas of the county where noxious weeds are growing and notifying landowners of the problem. At the Sept. 6 meeting, the council noted he will be a county employee and the county will have to pay its share of taxes above the $3,000 he is paid, but those taxes aren’t expected to be costly.

DISCUSSED: Council members were approached by Tony Maranto, a county employee who handles custodial and maintenance duties, about the increased number of duties he handles. He asked for a salary review and was assured it will be considered as the county works on its salary ordinance.

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