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County to spend $75K
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The Warren County Commission voted Monday night to spend up to $75,000 to buy new computers and office equipment so the financial departments of the school system, highway department and county government can be consolidated.The measure passed 24-0.The new accounting department is required under terms of the 81 Act, a measure county officials voted to adopt June 19, less than a month after the school system went with a private company to operate its school bus service.According to Warren County director of accounts Linda Hillis, the $75,000 will be used to purchase cubicles, desks, computers and software. The county’s current accounting office, along with an adjacent conference room, will be used for the new financial department.The 81 Act must be in place by July 1.The new accounting office will continue to handle payroll for the more than 300 county employees. Payroll will also be added for the more than 900 employees with the school system, and the 18 to 20 employees at the highway department.The county currently has a three-person accounting office with an additional six to eight employees expected to be needed for the new office.