Officials from Wood River Township sparred over budget cuts made within the Assessor's Office during a meeting earlier this week. Assessor Thelma Kochan says that she was not given notice that her office's budget was being cut by $9,000 and she wants that money back. Supervisor Mike Babcock says that isn't likely to happen, though. The money being cut from the budget is necessary to cover worker's compensation costs and that the money was not used during the first quarter of the 2012-13 fiscal year. Kochan argues that an employee collecting worker's comp should not affect her budget being approved as it was submitted.
Trustee's approved a tentative budget earlier this year and have since held several meetings to discuss changes. Kochan was not in attendance at those meetings because she says she did not know they were being held.
Trustees Mike Dettmers and Robert Pollard acknowledged issues with communication and proposed a compromise. Part of that compromise, included better communications between the two groups and the funds being returned next year.