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Board rejects fees

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors last night rejected a proposed new policy that would have allowed the county to pay civic organization membership fees for the supervisors and county department heads.
The vote came after one citizen called the proposal a waste of taxpayer dollars.
“I do have some problems with it,” Massie District Supervisor Frank Conner said of the proposed policy. He pointed out that he is a member of several local civic organizations, and “I would never ask the county to pay my dues.”
He said he “sort of agrees” with resident Judy Taylor that a person probably wouldn’t have much true interest in being on a civic organization if he or she isn’t willing to cover the cost of the membership fee.
County Administrator Peter Huber proposed the policy as a means to encourage more involvement in civic organizations in order to strengthen the ability of such organizations to meet community needs “at a time when involvement…is declining.”
He hoped that enacting such a policy for the county would encourage area employers to do the same for their staffs. He also hoped it would help to increase communication between the county’s key staff and the community.
However, Ingles District Supervisor Ranny Akers said he, too, agrees that anyone interested in community service would be willing to pay their own dues.
Taylor called the proposal an attempt by the supervisors to “vote themselves a pay raise.” She also called it “ridiculous.”
Taylor said “these men” (the supervisors) are not low income and in need of assistance in paying membership fees.
Huber said the policy would only cover the cost of membership fees — not for meals or other perks of the groups. He said civic organizations play an important part in the community and are in need of members.
But Akers said he also feels the policy could end up inadvertently discriminating against some organizations. He explained that some county employees or supervisors could be drawn more to one organization than another.
A motion by Conner to disapprove of the policy was seconded by Akers and was passed unanimously.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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Board rejects fees

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors last night rejected a proposed new policy that would have allowed the county to pay civic organization membership fees for the supervisors and county department heads.
The vote came after one citizen called the proposal a waste of taxpayer dollars.
“I do have some problems with it,” Massie District Supervisor Frank Conner said of the proposed policy. He pointed out that he is a member of several local civic organizations, and “I would never ask the county to pay my dues.”
He said he “sort of agrees” with resident Judy Taylor that a person probably wouldn’t have much true interest in being on a civic organization if he or she isn’t willing to cover the cost of the membership fee.
County Administrator Peter Huber proposed the policy as a means to encourage more involvement in civic organizations in order to strengthen the ability of such organizations to meet community needs “at a time when involvement…is declining.”
He hoped that enacting such a policy for the county would encourage area employers to do the same for their staffs. He also hoped it would help to increase communication between the county’s key staff and the community.
However, Ingles District Supervisor Ranny Akers said he, too, agrees that anyone interested in community service would be willing to pay their own dues.
Taylor called the proposal an attempt by the supervisors to “vote themselves a pay raise.” She also called it “ridiculous.”
Taylor said “these men” (the supervisors) are not low income and in need of assistance in paying membership fees.
Huber said the policy would only cover the cost of membership fees — not for meals or other perks of the groups. He said civic organizations play an important part in the community and are in need of members.
But Akers said he also feels the policy could end up inadvertently discriminating against some organizations. He explained that some county employees or supervisors could be drawn more to one organization than another.
A motion by Conner to disapprove of the policy was seconded by Akers and was passed unanimously.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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