County Employees to Get Raises

Commission Chairman Mike Nickel, left. At right, Commissioner Steve Maier. (Photo by Pat Blair)

County employees can expect more money in the year ahead under the budget that commissioners will consider Tuesday.

In a budget hearing Monday night, county Administrative Director Renee Obermueller said additional compensation for employees became a priority for the budget for the fiscal year that started July 1.

The budget that commissioners will consider in their meeting Tuesday includes a 3 percent increase for full-time employees and 1.5 percent for those who work part-time.

According to the budget message presented Monday, total budgeted salary, wage and benefit compensation for the year will be about 60 percent of the general fund budget.

No comments were offered from the audience at the budget hearing, and commissioners propose Tuesday to approve a total budget of just over $23 million. The budget projects receipt of $1.1 million in funds from the federal government as payment in lieu of taxes – also known as PILT.

The county is projecting a decrease in direct distribution revenues from the state because of a new formula of distribution.

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Four of Sheridan County's commissioners during budget hearing. (Photo by Pat Blair)