After Indiana’s property tax restructuring bill left 12 township assessors in Harrison County with contracts but no work to do in the coming year, the county council voted to pay them through 2010, the end of their elected terms.
Under the law, passed earlier this year, county assessors are taking over work formerly performed by township assessors. Harrison County Assessor Lorena Stepro hired three of the assessors to help with the increased workload.
For former Harrison Township Assessor Gerald Saulman, who earned significantly more than other assessors because his township was more populous, that meant a salary of $37,249—higher than Stepro’s. Saulman essentially will be paid twice, receiving $18,349 to fulfill the county’s contractual obligations, and $18,900 in his new capacity.
Not surprising, Stepro was a little put off. “I didn’t think it was very fair,” she told the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.
More surprising, Saulman agreed. “I’m not down there to make a million dollars,” he said. “To me, it would be robbing everybody in the county.”