County takes action to help Rural King

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

The Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a resolution designed to help Rural King move into the former Orgill building in Vandalia.

The resolution designates the county as a recovery zone, which allows the county to take advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.

Because of that action, the county can act as an agent for revenue bonds that will help Rural King move into its new home.

Also at the meeting, the board, after lengthy discussion, approved a 3-percent pay increase in each of the next four years for the county's clerk and recorder, sheriff, supervisor of assessments and treasurer.

Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the finance committee hesitated to give pay raises, based on the current status of the economy, but felt the increases were needed to bring those county officials in line with others who were previously given increases, and because the county has to take action now on salaries for the next four years.

For complete coverage of Thursday's meeting, see next week's issue of The Leader-Union.