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Supervisors prep for new government

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - Updated: 10:14 AM

By HEATHER NELLIS

heather.nellis@recordernews.com

FONDA -- The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday added support staff and a leased car for Executive-elect Matthew Ossenfort into the tentative 2014 budget.

It would give Ossenfort two support staff, as opposed to one originally budgeted by Treasurer Shawn Bowerman.

A $45,020 administrative aide position and a $33,520 clerk typist post were added, and the original $33,765 budgeted for a confidential secretary was eliminated.

"The administrative aide is the type of person I'm looking for," Ossenfort told the supervisors during the meeting. "The clerk typist will also be helpful in the first year."

In a previous interview, Ossenfort said he would seek a support staff member who could provide administrative functions, plus act as a resource for the public. He believes it will be a demanding job.

The resolution was unanimously supported by all supervisors present at the session, including St. Johnsville Supervisor Dominick Stagliano, who ran against Ossenfort for the position.

"I support this because there wouldn't have been adequate staffing in the office with just a confidential secretary," Stagliano said.

The vehicle lease was budgeted at $5,800, along with $2,000 for gasoline.

Other costs associated with Montgomery County's new form of government to be seated in January were apparent in Bowerman's tentative budget released Oct. 1.

The salary differential for elected positions between the two forms of government marks a $25,000 increase.

Eight legislators will be paid $10,000 apiece, a board chairman will be paid $15,000, and the executive will be paid $85,000.

That's $180,000, compared to the $155,000 paid to the last sitting Board of Supervisors.

Bowerman said, however, it'll likely take a full budget cycle to determine the true impact of the new form of government. Other costs to be considered include fringe benefits for the executive and his staff.

There are also some other nominal costs budgeted for office supplies, equipment lease and repair, maintenance agreements, training, travel and fees amounting to $3,870.

Also on Tuesday, the board approved $3,000 in travel costs and $750 in mileage allocations for the legislators' use next year.

Outgoing Amsterdam 4th Ward Supervisor and District 7 Legislator-elect Barbara Wheeler said the funds will cover costs associated with attending the state Association of Counties bi-annual conferences.

     

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