Council approves new salary ordinance
During the Clay County Council's special meeting Friday morning, the council approved Ordinance No. 22-2012, setting the maximum salaries for county employees.
Meanwhile, the council approved a transfer of funds for Prosecutor Lee Reberger for a total of $3,417.
Reberger explained the Prosecutor's Office had been paying the wrong amount on their drug testing bills to the hospital. Due to miscommunication, the office didn't know how much the bills were supposed to be. Due to a "dispute," Reberger found his office owed $20,000 to the hospital.
Later, it was found the hospital is limited to Medicare rates for drug and alcohol testing.
Reberger and his staff took the entire billing period of 2011-12 and sorted out the correct billing costs for all the testing it had needed. The correct sum the Prosecutor's Office owed the hospital was an estimated $3,000. The transfer of funds will be used to pay off the cost.
"Instead of asking for an appropriation, we found funds with efficient money to satisfy this cost," Reberger said.
Reberger said he would be negotiating a new contract with the hospital to clear up any billing issues. He plans to update the council on the new agreement.