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Kimball Co. online sale surpasses Board expectations


January 18, 2018

A recent online auction brings more than the Kimball County Commissioners expected.

After the decision to sell the 1994 770 DH Motor Grader, a 2000 Back Sloper, and a 1981 John Deere 4440 tractor, the Board of Commissioners’ hopes were not high as to what they would bring at auction time. However, to their surprise Big Iron Auction closed the auction on the 1994 Grader at $26,500. Not only did the Grader sell good but when it came time to close the auction with Auction Time for the 1981 John Deere, a shocking $13,300 was the winning bid. With those two big sales it was no surprise that the Back Sloper wouldn’t bring much but after all it didn’t have to.

“We pretty much gave the Sloper away,” said County Road Superintendent Dave Hottell. The Sloper sold for $75. “It was a good piece of equipment but we just couldn’t use it anymore,” he added.

So over all, even after the auction companies take their cut, the county still made out pretty good on the sales.

New 2019 salaries were decided for the following positions: County Sheriff $55,000 with Chief Deputy making 82

percent of the Sheriff’s salary. For the County Clerk, District Court Clerk, Assessor, and Treasurer the salary for

2019 is set at $49,250 with the offices Deputy making 75 percent of that salary. County Commissioners salary

was set at $19,000. The Jailer Official was set at $2,500.


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