County has final budget vote Tuesday

Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

Tuesday evening the Alachua County Commission is expected to give its final approval to its budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1.

The county's final budget hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and will be held at the County Administration Building in downtown Gainesville.

Earlier this month, the commission gave its first round of approval for the budget during a public hearing. At the time, Commissioner Susan Baird and Mike Byerly accidentally voted for the general fund budget because they misunderstood the motion, but both said at the time that they planned to vote against it at the final hearing.

Both of them have previously said they are worried by the budget's deferment of some maintenance work, among other things.

The budget includes a 1.5 percent raise for county employees that, if given final approval, will be their first true pay increase in six years. A 3 percent raise was included in county staff's initial budget proposal but was eliminated due to financial constraints and eventually replaced with the smaller bump.

Commissioner Lee Pinkoson made finding a way to fund the 1.5 percent raise a priority during this year's budget development process, which he has said is a way to show employees the county appreciates the work they do even though it can't give them the full 3 percent this time around.

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