Thursday, November 06, 2008

What Happens To Township Assessors?

The office of township assessors in Marion County may be a thing of the past as of the end of the year, but the current elected township assessors will continue to receive their salary through the end of their four-year terms in 2010 unless legislative action is taken. In the case of at least one of the township assessors, Franklin County's Becky Williams, Marion County Assessor Greg Bowes would be wise to hire her as a full-time employee of his office. There are 140 township assessor employees countywide on which Bowes will have to make a decision according to the Star's Brendan O'Shaughnessy. Bowes tells O'Shaughnessy he expects to retain about 90% of those employees. That seems a little high. By eliminating the pay for the township assessors, it saves approximately $400,000 annually according to the story, but that figure seems a little on the low side if you include benefits.

4 comments:

Ed Angleton said...

I would hope that none of the retained employees are those whose task it was to actually prepare the assessments for Center Township.

indyernie said...

Now we need to get the trustees and constables in our sites.

True Conservative said...

The constables cost the taxpayers nothing. What benefit do you see in having the Mrion County Sheriff serving papers? I agree that some constables are wotrthless but it is not the position butth eperson who fills it and the ones who don't do a good job generally can be traced to their respective judges.

Now the trustees are another matter.

spooknp said...

The constables cost the taxpayers nothing.

The Great One has said it is time for those who make a lot of money to spread their wealth around. The constables make too much money. If they refuse to spread their wealth around, then the state should step in and limit court costs to the taxpayers. The court costs are basically taxes that are only paid by certain individuals and the constables are getting rich off this tax. If they want to stay around, it is time for their pay to be capped.