Supervisors Discuss Elected Official Fringe Benefits

The Kearney County Board of Supervisors tackled a full agenda during the January 7 regular meeting. Business started with an update on a matter brought to the board’s attention by state auditors.

County Attorney Melodie Bellamy reported she had received word from the state attorney general regarding fringe benefits for elected officials. He offered an unofficial opinion that Kearney County can pay out benefits to elected officials based on two things: Kearney County elected officials keep track of their time like employees and a resolution passed by the supervisors guaranteeing these benefits.

He also stated he believes a lack of all pertinent information is what initiated the concern. Bellamy suggested it would be a good practice for the board to zero out benefits for employees when they move to an elected position.
see January 15 Courier