LANCASTER — Several residents spoke Monday during Garrard County Fiscal Court’s meeting in favor of retaining Economic Development Director Nathan Mick at his current salary level.
Three of the county’s five magistrates have voted down two efforts to pass the 2012-13 budget, which includes Mick’s salary of $68,500, saying it is too much money for the county to spend. At a special meeting last week, Magistrates Joe Leavell and Fred Simpson said the Industrial Development Authority rather than Garrard Judge-Executive John Wilson should supervise Mick.
Lancaster resident Harlan Bratton said before Mick worked to bring more businesses in the county, he and other area farmers had to go to Lexington to get many of the items they need to conduct business.
Bratton individually challenged Leavell, Simpson and Magistrate Betty Holtzclaw — who also twice voted down the proposed budget — asking them what they had done for their community.
“I love this county,” Holtzclaw said. “I’m trying to do the right thing.”