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|Courthouse Fund Now Controlled by County Board
|A chance for the Knox County Board to be more transparent with it's finances was created in a fund that gathers fees imposed by the county. The Knox County Board Wednesday night voted to place a courthouse maintenance fund under the boards control.
District four board member Wayne Saline brought the matter before the board and says several years ago a resolution was passed of how money from what he called court security fees was being spent. He says according state law says that wasn't the way it was supposed to be handled.
Saline told the board, the structure of the system will not change, but there would be some modifications to the current system instead. "Previous monies that were collected, before we passed to change this resolution, will still be there for the Chief Judge to spend," Saline said. "But there's going to be a few stipulations on the bidding process...but that money will still be available for him to spend. As of the date that's on (the resolution), all the new monies collected will go into the court security fees, and it's going to be run through the finance committee."
District Three board member Jan Occhi says Chief Judge Stephen Mathers was who had been in charge of the fund until the board voted to make this new resolution. She says he used money to make some small improvements to the courthouse without the approval of the rest of the county board.
Knox County Board Chair Greg Bacon says money had been used to make some improvements but the new method of placing the final decision under the boards control will be a better way to keep track of the money spent and abide by the law.
|10 02 09 by Newsroom
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