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Fiscal court approves pay hike for deputies

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By Molly Haines

A recent unanimous vote by the Owen County Fiscal Court will allow Owen County Sheriff’s deputies a 2-percent raise this year.
The fiscal court approved the annual order setting the maximum amount for deputies and assistants at its Dec. 23 meeting.
Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said due to the resignation of a sheriff’s office employee in 2013 the office had enough money in its total sum to give its four road deputies a 2-percent raise.
Keith said none of the sheriff’s office staff would receive a raise.
Owen County Clerk deputies will also receive a 2-percent raise.
The court also approved the 2014 ambulance rates at its Dec. 23 meeting.
The court approved a 1-percent rate increase, which Keith said was the standard Medicare and Medicaid rate.
“Owen County doesn’t set its own ambulance rates,” Keith said. “In order for the ambulance service to stay in business, they have to charge exactly what the (federal government) instructs them to.”
Keith said paramedics on board the ambulance and mileage are all factored into the cost of an ambulance bill.