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County ordinance authorizes ‘14 salaries

At its Jan. 17 meeting, the Van Buren County Quorum Court unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing salaries paid with tax dollars.

The ordinance, required by the state Legislative Auditing Committee, authorizes “salaries and wages pertaining to the officials and each time slot within each department.”

Some of those salaries are:

• County Judge — $49,275.20

• Sheriff — $48,266.62

• Collector — $44,223.70

• Treasurer — $44,223.70

• Assessor/Appraiser — $44,223.70

• Circuit Clerk — $48,193.30

• County Clerk — $44,223.70

All of those positions are up for election this year. Also up for election is every seat on the Quorum Court. Justices of the peace are paid $300 per regular montly meeting.

At the Quorum Court meeting, Election Coordinator Jeff Hall outlined procedures for running for office. He said books will be available at the office to help anyone needing information. Hall said the Election Commission is available to help anyone running as an independent because they cannot get help through a political party.

The filing period for the May Preferential Primary is noon Feb. 24 through noon March 3, 2014.

n For a complete list of county salaries, see Ordinance 2014-01 on Page 5B.

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