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Things are falling into place for the Perry County Council as they begin their 2017 budget process. At the front of the agenda will be trimming more than $720,000 in proposed spending from the requested $4.88 million that would fund the county’s various agencies. The council faced a similar task last year as members cut more than $800,000 from the 2016 appropriations.

With each county agency or department having already submitted spending proposals, many of the individual department heads made pitches as to why they asked for the amounts they did. One plea that elicits strong feelings, is an ability for employees to receive raises. And most departments urged strongly that workers get some type of compensation hike. Having gone the last three years without an across-the-board wage increase, indications are pointing to a slight uptick.

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