Pay raises, new employees cut as BOCC begins budget work

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM.

“We need to sit down and talk about it, make a plan and set some money aside,” said Danford.

*Commissioners considered a host of alternative revenue sources.

Yeager moved to increase tipping fees at Five Points landfill from $40 to $50.

Commissioner Tan Smiley said higher costs at the landfill “will have the woods filling up with trash” but the new fee was approved and will take effect Oct. 1.

Hunting and fishing licenses will see a price hike on the same day. A seven-day saltwater permit for out-of-county visitors will be raised to $50 and fines for hunting or fishing without a license will increase to $500.

Administrator Don Butler offered an idea to increase the gas tax by 5 cents a gallon at the pump. The change is expected to net $175,000 a year.

“It’s a great way to supplement the budget,” said Yeager.

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