While the General Assembly has failed to come to a consensus on pension reform this session, Todd Fiscal Court made a change in its retirement contribution policy this morning that should save the county twenty thousand dollars a year on average.
Treasurer Tammy Robertson recommended that county employees hired beginning July 1st be on a one year retirement system probation period, meaning neither the employee nor the county would contribute to a pension plan for twelve months.
That action passed unanimously and with very little discussion. Ms. Robertson says there is frequent turnover in some departments such as the jail and this action will keep the county from paying the 19-percent contribution until an employee becomes more well-established.
In other action, Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says about $4,000 in road funds is in limbo because the state designated it for the City of Allensville. The problem is there is no acting Allensville government and the last known election there was in the late 1970’s. That’s approximately when the town’s government decided to dissolve, but they apparently never filed the proper paperwork.
The state won’t give the money to Todd Fiscal Court and there is no government in Allensville to receive it. Fiscal Court gave authority to County Attorney Mac Johns to take court action that could begin the process of formally dissolving Allensville as a municipality.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin represents Allensville and says there had once been some discussion among the approximately 163 residents of bringing back a city government. Johns says anyone interested in doing so would be heard at a hearing that would be part of the process.
The issue had come up in previous years, but the state had just forwarded the money to county government in those cases. Fiscal Court also approved an ordinance which could lead to another refinancing of bonds on the jail that could save the county $228,000 if interest rates are locked in where they currently stand.