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Conference board approves assessor’s budget

County Assessor Linda Fallesen (left) and Deputy Assessor Jana Terwilliger (right), presented the Assessor's Office budget last week to the County Conference Board.

The Humboldt County Conference Board approved the budget for County Assessor Linda Fallesen with little fanfare Tuesday, Feb. 12.
The conference board is made up of mayors from the 13 incorporated cities in the county, one representative each from the four school districts in the county, and the five members of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.
Fallesen’s overall budget will feature an increase of $18,054, just over 5 percent, from $355,750 in the current budget year, to a proposed figure of $373,804 for fiscal 2014.
Fallesen calculated 3.5 percent salary increases for herself and Deputy Assessor Jana Terwilliger, the same increases recommended for other county elected officials by the Humboldt County Compensation Board.
Longtime appraisal clerks Christine Kleiss and Carlene Blomker were recommended for 2.75 percent salary increases per the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union contract. The appraisal clerks also receive longevity pay of 1 cent per year added to their base hourly salary. Kleiss has worked for the county over 25 years and Blomker nearly 24 years.