At December’s Knox County Fiscal Court meeting, the court approved the new Occupational Tax contract with the city.
Judge-Executive J.M. Hall told the court, “This is the same agreement that we have had for the past 4 years. We are agreeing to pay the city 25% of what we collect and keep this rest. This agreement has not changed and will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2108.”
The Laurel County water budget was approved for covering parts of Districts 1 and 5.
Knox Jail contracts with other jails were approved with the following rates: Leslie $22.50, Clay $28, Harlan $20 and Laurel $25. These are the rates that those individual jails are allowed to charge up to or not exceed per housing a Knox county inmate per 24 hours incarcerated.
The court also approved the county clerk’s 2015 salary cap of $560,000, which included an additional $10,000 over last year’s cap to cover any increases that might arise, such as insurance or retirement.
“That extra $10,000 is to cover those things we have absolutely no control over,” said Knox County Clerk Mike Corey.
Judge Hall pointed out that this too would be an “up to number.” Hall said, “Just because we increase it, does not mean the clerk will spend it.”
Prior to ending the meeting, Judge Hall recognized outgoing magistrates Pat McDonald and Keith Abner for their service to the Fiscal Court.
McDonald said, “It has been an honor to work with you, Judge, and for the people of Knox. I was a truant officer for some time and I knew I could do this magistrate job. They would say, ‘there’s a hole in the road over there, do you know where that is?’ I would say, sure, I have been there many times.”
Abner told the court, “I couldn’t have asked for a finer bunch of people to work with. All of our county’s elected officials are courteous and go out of their way to help you. Mr. Roark and Mr. Lake (newly elected magistrates), I wish you both the best of luck and I can tell you these guys will work with you.”
It was then pointed out the courthouse will close Dec. 31 at noon and reopen Jan. 5 with normal operating hours.