County budget work session to focus on employee salaries

  • Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:01 a.m.
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Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt requested a salary adjustment for officers and personnel during a county council budget work session.
Aiken Standard FILE PHOTO Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt requested a salary adjustment for officers and personnel during a county council budget work session.

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.

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