Pay raises, new employees cut as BOCC begins budget work

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

McLemore feared the public wouldn’t understand how the price increase would help with a budget shortfall, but Yeager said it was up to commissioners to educate residents.

Commissioners voted down the gas tax this past Tuesday during a second budget meeting.

Commissioners are also looking at the potential of raising the bed tax collection by one penny and increasing beach driving permit fees.

*Commissioners increased funding for the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society as the society’s shelter has seen animal intakes more than double the past five years. The increase of $15,000 was noted by Hammond in his ending statement on employee pay raises as he said commissioners provided additional funding for “dogs” but not employees.

Star Staff Writer Wes Locher contributed to this report

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