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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — The county's general fund remains in good shape according to Knox County Auditor Jonette Curry.

Reporting this morning at the monthly elected officials' meeting, Curry said the current unencumbered balance as of May 16 is slightly over $3.615 million. This compares to $3.231 million for the same time frame in 2015. The medical fund stands at over $2 million and the dental fund at $12,669.31. County Commissioner Teresa Bemiller reiterated that the county will probably raise dental premiums in the future to put the dental fund on a more-stable footing.

Bemiller reported that a glitch in building security made it difficult for some employees to enter the building this morning. The glitch stems from security upgrades being installed and should be fixed today.

Mary Jo Hawkins, clerk of courts, reported that her department, along with members of the recorder's department, underwent active shooter training last week. Led by Capt. Jay Sheffer of the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Hawkins said the training included the Fredericktown and Mount Vernon police departments and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Commending Sheriff Dave Shaffer on the excellent presentation led by the KCSO, Hawkins said, “It really made us aware of what you can do.”

Treasurer Shelly Coon noted that real estate tax bills were mailed last week and are due July 1.

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