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October 17, 2013

Thacker, Helm approve county employee raises

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CLAREMORE —

Helm’s motion died for lack of a second.
Thacker’s motion passed after a lengthy discussion.
The pay increases were supported, despite approximately $1 million in cuts to One-Cent and T-Highway accounts.
The cuts to road and bridge maintenance were a result of an effort to balance the general fund budget.
The commissioners voted to lower county barn employee benefit costs in the general fund to lower the burden on all county departments. 
The board cut their budget then took the excise sales tax funding to give money back to the employees. 
In addition to the administrative cuts, Rogers County voters supported the One-Cent Sales Tax renewal in August allocating 1/8 of a cent from the sales tax to the pay down the $32.5 million debt resulting from the Material Services lawsuit. Overall impact is the county balanced the $20 million budget by cutting road funding and using excess sales tax allocated to pay the courthouse bond debt to increase employee pay.
The Rogers County Excise Board will meet at 1 p.m. Monday to discuss the final budget.

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