Aiken County Council will continue its budget discussion today in its quest to find money to fund employee salary raises.
The budget work session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Aiken County Government Center, located at 1930 University Parkway.
Council members and County officials have gone back-and-forth for the past couple of months exploring options within its $56.9 million proposed budget to fund salary increases. Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt, has asked for a millage increase specifically for law enforcement. Hunt proposed a law enforcement millage of 4 mills, which could bring in a potential $2.3 million and equal a 20 percent salary increase for Sheriff’s Office employees.
A millage rate is the rate at which property taxes are charged based on property value.
In other business, Council will hold a special meeting following the budget work session at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. Council will hold a second reading and a public hearing on the proposed 2014-2015 budget.
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.
Aiken Standard FILE PHOTO Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt requested a 20 percent increase in salaries across the board except for his – a raise that could potentially reduce turnover within the Sheriff’s Office and help retain employees.×