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October 29, 2013

County budget has no room for raises



Commissioner Henry Craig, District 4, doesn’t like it.

“We owe our employees a raise as soon as we can, yet one of the reasons we aren’t giving them a raise is that Affordable Health Care costs a lot more,” Craig said.

County Attorney David McRee reminded the county body the budget is a fluid document.

“Budgets can be amended throughout the year. That’s up to y’all to decide what you want to do now with this 2014 budget, but that certainly doesn’t prohibit you any time from deciding you want to do something different,” McRee said. “It can be as simple as a departmental increase or as complex as raises for employees.”

Commissioner Johnny Westmoreland, District 5, said, “let’s stop looking at things a year at a time and start looking down the road three or four years.”

“That process hasn’t started yet, and we are going to have to get on it,” Westmoreland said.

Hudson suggested the board start next year’s budget prep soon after the FY2014 document passes. 

Finding other revenue sources is a must for future progression, according to the finance director. 

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