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Commissioners recommend 3 percent wage increase for 2014

LaGrange County Commissioners agreed to recommend a 3 percent raise in wages for county office holders and staff for 2014 at Monday’s commissioners meeting.

Commissioner Larry Miller remarked that he favors a flat amount of raise for each person rather than a straight 3 percent across the board raise. Commission Chair Jac Price said that he would prefer that each office or department be allowed the 3 percent increase in wages in each department with the different office holder or department head entrusted with dividing the “pie” among the employees in the department.

LaGrange County Council members will be meeting next Monday with a review of 2014 budgets on the agenda. Council has historically not decided on wage and salary increases until late in the budget process. The Department of Local Government Finance has announced that the personal property tax levy for 2013, payable 2014, cannot exceed 2.6 percent. The amounts of County Adjusted Gross Income Taxes (CAGIT) that will be available for 2014 have not been released by the county auditor. All of this information will need to be brought together before the council can finalize their budget.

The budget for 2014 must be determined and certified to state officials by November 1.

In other business, the commissioners passed a resolution, which will be sent to the county council with a positive recommendation, establishing policy and procedures to be followed by the officials in charge of the LaGrange County Revolving Loan Fund.

The resolution provides that the committee that will oversee this fund be composed of the chief financial officer of a local industry, a certified public accountant, a designee from the Small Business Development Council, a banker, a representative of the county council, a representative of the county commissioners, and the CEO of the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation.