Clare County BOC takes break now that budget is finalized

September 29, 2016

By John Raffel

Now that the Clare County budget has been approved. commission chairman Jack Kleinhardt realizes there still is business to be taken care of, although it might not be of major significance to most individuals.
The next county Board of Commissioners meeting isn’t until Oct. 19. But there are statutory financial committee meetings still being conducted including one that was on Sept. 27. The next one is Oct. 11.
“Three commissioners have to sit on that committee,” Kleinhardt said. “The bookkeeping and everything else goes over it and do all the work, but we’re supposed (to check off on it).”

These meetings are twice a month.

“The employees get paid and we sent out checks to vendors twice a month,” Kleinhardt said. “It’s really routine. As long as I’ve been there, there’s only been a couple of times we’ve dealt with anything or asked ‘why.’ It’s a part of the auditor’s checks and balances. I’ve been on it four or five years.”

With the recent finalization of the budget, “it’s kind of like the calm after the storm, Kleinhardt said. “It’s been pretty quiet the last few days. There’s some union negotiations still going on. There hasn’t been any resolutions on any of that. There’s a couple of different unions and different bargaining units. Our administrator and two commissioners, Leonard Strouse and Karen Lipovsky, are on the bargaining committee, and our attorney.’

But when it comes to the budget salaries and wages “are the big thing, Kleinhardt concurred.

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