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April 30, 2012

Clark County Commissioners care who’s paying

Septic plan updated

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Clark County Commissioners took several steps to ensure they are tracking the county’s spending at their meeting Thursday.

The commissioners renewed a contract with Governmental Consulting Services and Dan Eggermann, who has been helping the county with its budgets for the past two years. Despite approving the contract, which cost the county about $30,000 last year, there was some hesitation to enter into a new deal.

“I think it’s going to become necessary to seek an emergency levy appeal due to the storm costs and I think he’s going to be invaluable in helping to get that done,” said Commissioners Attorney Greg Fifer, of Eggermann.

The commissioners added a provision to the contract to ensure those using his services are paying for it. They added a requirement that if another county office would want to consult with Eggermann, the commissioners’ approval would be required first.

“It seems like he gets a lot of calls that we don’t have control over,” said Commissioner Ed Meyer.

While other offices may be consulting with Eggermann, the commissioners said they have been on the hook to pay for it.

“We’re really watching what comes out of our budget,” Meyer said. “They’re cutting our budget so we can’t pay the contract, so we have to do something like that,” he said of adding the provision for  approval by commissioners. “If they’re going to call him and use him, then I feel like they ought to fund us for it.”

When asked if he felt that the restriction would create a division between the Clark County Council and the commissioners, Meyer said that he didn’t know if the council has been using Eggermann.

But he added, “by law they can’t have it in their budget. They can fund it; they can give us the money.”

To improve the way in which the commissioners track costs, they revised approving the county’s claims to ask for receipts and invoices to be included to ensure the expenses are legitimate. They also will receive a claims printout.

Clark County Commissioner John Perkins said he is investigating another issue regarding legitimate claims. He said he is looking into the payments made out of Clark County Circuit Court No. 3’s — formerly Superior Court No. 3 — alcohol and drug fund.

“I’m going back five years to investigate those claims that I do not feel were appropriate at the time,” Perkins said. “I will turn those claims over to the proper authorities, whoever that may be.”

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