State Auditor Dave Yost identified $560,000 in potential savings for Jefferson Township in a performance audit released Sept. 29.

State Auditor Dave Yost identified $560,000 in potential savings for Jefferson Township in a performance audit released Sept. 29.

The township requested the audit in anticipation of expected increases in future operating budgets resulting from development and population growth.

The identified potential savings are in discontinuing the retirement-pickup fringe benefit ($223,700); eliminating three full-time firefighters ($216,700) and one full-time administrative position ($104,500); instituting a schedule adjustment for firefighters to reduce overtime ($8,300); and cost-sharing methodology for employee health-insurance deductibles ($7,100).

After the audit, the township's board of trustees agreed to reduce the retirement-pickup fringe benefit over three years for fire department staff and over five years for other township staff.

The township estimates cumulative savings of $54,000 by 2017 for fire department staff and $40,000 by 2019 for other township staff.

For more on this story, read the Oct. 8 edition of ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.