Ford County Board approves pay raises
PAXTON — The Ford County Board gave pay raises to a number of employees this week, while also taking its first look at the county's proposed 2014 tax levy, which shows an increase in property taxes to be collected next summer.
Upon the recommendation of the board's finance committee, the board approved raising the salaries of all hourly employees by 25 cents per hour. The board also granted raises to all probation department workers by 2-1/2 percent — as required by the department's collective bargaining agreement with the county — including raising the salary of Chief Probation Officer Cassy Taylor Morris to $52,303.
The board also agreed to increase Circuit Clerk Kim Evans' salary from $49,000 to $51,000. Raises were also granted to Supervisor of Assessments Candice Short, to $51,000, and the sheriff's administrative assistant, Barb King, to $33,280.
All of the raises are effective Dec. 1.
Meanwhile, the proposed levy shows a projected $3.026 million in property taxes to be collected next summer, up from $2.881 million last summer.
Also at this week's county board meeting:
County Treasurer Judy Hastings announced she will seek not re-election in 2014.
Hastings' chief deputy treasurer, Penny Stevens of Paxton, has picked up a petition for nomination as a Republican candidate for treasurer in the March 2014 primary. Democrat Marsha Peznowski of Roberts has also picked up a petition.