WATSEKA --- An Iroquois County board member is questioning the conservative values of board members following a 22-2 vote Tuesday to create a $65,000 job.
Jim McCray of Claytonville and Brett Schmid of Gilman cast the only NO votes following an executive session to discuss the hiring of Anita Speckman, a CPA from Clifton, who supporters claim will help provide a better picture of county finances.
The board hired the Certified Public Accountant to help project a better understanding of the budget operations, which some board members claim has become too complicated for part-time members.
McCray said “we’ve had a hiring freeze in place to make sure everyone stayed within their line-items. Elected officials have asked to replace people who’ve left and we make sure any hires are within the budget..”
McCray said the county board, on the other hand, doesn’t even look at the budget first to see where we get the money for this hire. He said “we instead do exactly what we tell elected officials not to do. It’s completely against everything we’ve been preaching the last three years.”