The Kearney County Board of Supervisors met December 7. The meeting began with discussion to set the elected officials salary for the 2023-2026 term. Setting salaries also included a decision on whether to continue offering fringe benefits to elected officials.
The County has had complications with its decision to provide fringe benefits to elected officials in the past and unused vacation pay continues to build. State auditors have told the County that elected officials can’t receive fringe benefits in the past. County Attorney Melodie Bellamy, with the support of the State Attorney General, believes that the unique situation that Kearney County has with their officials keeping track of their time the same as other employees makes it acceptable for officials to receive vacation and sick pay.
see December 15 Courier for full story