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April 20, 2013

Coroner requests deputy salaries

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Marks replied that he would like the deputy coroner's salaries reinstated.

"My budget has been totally wiped out," Marks said.

"And when was that?" White asked.

"When the budget came out," Marks replied. "It was okay in December. I found out about it on Feb. 1," he added, although he did not disclose the source from which that information was obtained.

Marks also said he thinks it a "shame" the county has to depend on revenue from the incarceration of ICE prisoners.

"The reason the ICE budget helps run this county and helps fund this is so we don't have to continue raising property or sales taxes to pay for the services required by the taxpayers of the county," White said. "You've got a choice: you can either do it yourself within the confines of what you have or you go and ask taxpayers to shoulder more of the burden. It sounds like you're advocating raising taxes."

The Committee took no action on Marks' request, although it is on the agenda for Monday's full board meeting. The Committee will also recommend to the full board to keep the 2012-2013 budget open for 60 days.

During the Land, Tax and Appointments Committee meeting Greg Sims was appointed to the Jefferson County Housing Authority and Dr. David Asbery was appointed to the Mt. Vernon Airport Authority.

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