MOUNT VERNON — Insurance appropriations increased considerably in the Knox County 2013 General Fund budget while employees’ salaries in some departments varied from slightly less to significantly less. The budget also allowed for funding an OSU Extension educator position and a part-time office assistant.
Recently there was local concern that the OSU Extension Educator position, previously filled by Troy Cooper, and the position of a retired office assistant would not be funded. The county pays a portion of their expenses and the rest is funded through a grant.
However, the commissioners did not make an immediate decision and requested information regarding the positions. The commissioners also learned that funding from the state was reduced, raising the local share.
“I don’t think we ever did not see the value of the extension. We felt it was a good idea just to talk to the extension office and see if we could possibly do anything differently since we wouldn’t be affecting a particular person as both positions were vacant,” said commissioner Teresa Bemiller.
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