Lebanon Reporter

April 11, 2013

County tables vote on money requests

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Lebanon — The Boone County Council Tuesday delayed voting on requests from several county agencies for more money — called “additionals” — because the date of Tuesday’s meeting was omitted from a public notice advertisement. Errors made the meeting’s legality questionable, Council President Steve Jacob said.

“We didn’t do it by the letter of the law, and shame on us,” Jacob said.

County Attorney Bob Clutter told the council it could not act on the “additional requests” from the sheriff’s office, health department, IT department, probation department, highway department and for courthouse maintenance.

There had been some concern that requests approved in March were also questionable, because the legal advertising for that meeting also excluded the date.

After checking with the Department of Local Government Finance and the State Board of Accounts, Auditor Deanna Willhoite said she was told the council could have voted on April’s requests without risking a fine.

“March is fine, and April’s would have been fine,” she said. “We don’t have to reprocess the additionals from March.”

A review of the April requests is being done will determine if a special meeting is needed to approve them and avoid financial problems.

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