Legal fees, land­fill and raises top BOC agenda

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MERIS LUTZ mlutz@cov­news.com

Tues­day’s Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing was dom­i­nated by spir­ited dis­cus­sions of the county’s legal spend­ing, the cit­i­zen land­fill com­mit­tee and em­ployee raises.

Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz voted against ap­prov­ing the fi­nan­cial re­port af­ter voic­ing frus­tra­tion with the board’s lack of plan­ning re­gard­ing legal costs, which were sup­posed to be dis­cussed at a retreat in Jan­uary that was can­celled.

Ac­cord­ing to the fi­nan­cial re­port, legal ser­vices are at 139.3 per­cent of bud­get, with County At­tor­ney Tommy Craig billing the county more than$800,000 so far this fis­cal year. That does not in­clude ex­ter­nal legal ser­vices for is­sues such as the land­fill.

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