By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
The Knox County Fiscal Court voted to give county employees across the board a 2.5 percent pay raise effective immediately during Wednesday’s meeting.
According to Judge/Executive J.M. Hall, the pay raise is a cost of living adjustment and is the first in two years. He said the raises were recommended by the finance committee, which met Wednesday morning.
“It was brought up last meeting that we had that some of the employees were asking about a cost of living increase. We are going to look at a pay schedule that will be fair for everyone. It will be a 2.5 percent cost of living adjustment across the board for county employees,” Hall said.
Magistrates also approved four new hires during the meeting. Wrandel Burnett was hired part-time at the road department, Casey Gambrel was hired as a part-time deputy jailer, Shawn Smith was hired as a part-time 911 dispatcher and Gary Gray was moved from part-time 911 dispatch to full time.
Hall also reported that the county attorney was looking into the possibility of a work release program starting at the Knox County Jail.
“That is progressing, so hopefully in the future we will have a program right here that will allow us to do more services for the county,” Hall said.
The board also approved the county attorney’s delinquent tax report for month of August, which showed a collection of $77,860.83. For anyone who owes old taxes, the county can break it into six payments, according to Hall.
Fright Night times were also set for the county for Oct. 31st, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
An executive order to close the courthouse on Oct. 11 due to Daniel Boone activities was approved as well.
“We do that every year and you can’t get into the square that day anyway,” Hall said, adding the reminder that the front doors to the courthouse would be open for the public to use the restroom during the festivities.
Final business at the meeting was the approval of two resolutions for an agreement between the county and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The agreements are for state aid funds to pave various roads around the county.
“It will be an ongoing paving project,” Hall said.
By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
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