In an article on tax appraisal appearing in last week’s newspaper, the following Q&A appeared.

Q: Who sets the pay scales (for appraisers) in Blount County?

A: The Blount County Commission.

That statement is accurate, as far as it goes. Some feel it is misleading and would benefit from further qualification. The following sentence provides context. Although the Blount County Commission sets the pay scale standards for county employees, the department head in conjunction with the human resources manager has a defined, discretionary salary range to work within (in setting individual salaries), based on years of experience and education or a combination thereof.