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County workers to get pay raise

Nearly 800 Vanderburgh County employees will receive a 2 percent raise next year, as part of the 2015 county budget. 

The County Council has approved next year’s budget, which looks a lot like last year’s – about $86 million, with $49 million of that in the general fund.

What’s different is the first pay raise for county employees since 2013.

Council Finance Committee Chairman Jim Raben tells the Courier and Press that no major items were cut to fund the raises. He says permanent cuts approved last year put the county in a better financial position this budget cycle.

The council made several cuts in individual line items, holding back expenditures such as new furniture or computers.

Raben credits county department heads, who presented mostly flat budgets from last year.