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.