Budget includes raises, new court

After paying for a new court and pay raises for county employees, the county is expected to spend about $650,000 more next year than it will bring in.

That forecast is based on a worst-case scenario, where the amount of revenue the county receives increases by less than 1 percent. But county officials expect to have enough money to cover expenses because revenue has increased by at least 4 percent each of the past three years.

County council members decided to leave a 2 percent increase in employee salaries in the budget, but a 3 percent pay increase should be explored, members Pete Ketchum and Loren Snyder said.

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