Next, the council discussed several additional appropriations including:
* For the Election Office, $13,960 for postage and $4,500 for supplies. Deputy Election Clerk Jason Jacobs told the council he wants to update voting figures by distributing a countywide mailing to clear up voter-rolls and control purging,
* For the commissioners, $66,000 for insurance purposes.
"This is an effort to get insurance where it needs to be, not only for this year but then when we get to budget time and the insurance isn't due until Oct. 17, we can see what we are really looking at for cost of insurance for the General Fund," Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said. "The same request has been made for highway in undistributed funds -- that will put them where they need to be. So we won't have this large sum of money that we are scrambling for one year to the next year."
* For the Treasurer's Office, $5,110 for a part-time clerical position needed during tax season,
* For the Health Department, $7,200 for PERF (Public Employees' Retirement Fund) and $1,395 for unemployment compensation,
* For the Sheriff's Department, $35,168 for a new deputy salary,
* For Highway Administration, $10,000 for repairs, building and equipment,
* For Highway undistributed expenses, $11,000 for insurance, building and structures and $10,000 for vehicle insurance compensation,
* For Plat book other services and charges, $9,400 for GIS (Geographic Information System) maintenance, and
* For the Reassessment 2015, $27,746 for first assessment tech, $54,106 for assessment tech, $6,262 for FICA, $4,707 for PERF, $998 for unemployment compensation, $22,770 for health insurance, $10,000 for clerical daily and $15,000 for postage. The appropriations are being used to pay for employees, which used to not be able to be taken out of the Reassessment Fund. This now will save money from the General Fund.
The council then made 2013 appointments including:
* Mendy Litz and Gerald Hardesty to the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals,
* Jim Mayrose to the Alcohol Beverage Commission Board,
* Glenn Marrow and Bill Sisson to the Redevelopment Commission,
* Larry Moss and Rita Rothrock to the West Central Indiana Economic Development Board, and
* Mike McCullough to the Personnel Committee.
Finally, the council accepted funds and approved the establishment of a home rule fund for the Redevelopment Commission's sewer extension project, in order for the board to pay back the City of Brazil for their expenses.
The Clay County Council plans to discuss the Pictometry contract during the February meeting, which will take place Feb. 4, once the funds are available.