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Madera County supervisors present a proclamation honoring local Stephen Serrano for qualifying and participating in the Boston Marathon this year. The board also declared August to be Child Support Awareness Month.
Madera County supervisors unanimously voted to enter a voluntary tax collection agreement with Airbnb this week.
Under the agreement, Airbnb — a short-term rental website and smartphone app — would bill the area’s rural Transient Occupancy Taxes of 9 percent, but not the Tourism Business Improvement District taxes of 2 percent, due to a technical difficulty in doing so with its software.
The item was only one of more than 40 approved at the board’s regular meeting, and all but one — salary hikes for County Administrative Officer Eric Fleming — were unanimous votes.
Fleming’s two salary increases were based on his job performance and increased duties due to an unfilled vacancy for the chief of development services position. The chief normally manages the county’s Office of Development Services and provides staff assistance to the board and county administrative officer.
Supervisor Robert Poythress supported the performance-based salary increase, but objected to the one based on assumed duties, which he said is “far from a normal (business) practice.” He also said that Fleming did not request the salary increase.
“I think it sets a really bad precedent … if you look at our other divisions within the county,” Poythress said. “For instance, let’s say our sheriff has some key people leave the sheriff’s department. If he decides to wait awhile before he replaces those positions, does that mean he…
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