The Clay County Council will be having a special meeting today to finalize the 2008 budget.
During the annual budget hearing held Sept 4-6, the council was able to cut more than $1.1 million from the proposed budget.
The council still needs to receive confirmation from Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton regarding the Sheriff's Department section if the budget.
A total of $369,506 was allotted for Heaton to disperse between the salaries of the chief deputy, two detectives, the Deputy Sergeant, and seven road deputies, one of which will be hired at a later date.
This was done, in part, to allow employees of the Sheriff's Department to have salaries that met a 10-county average from numbers obtained from the Association of Indiana Counties Facts Book for 2007.
When the council reviewed counties with similar populations to that of Clay County, they found that numerous employees and elected officials ranked near the bottom in terms of salary.
As part of the budget, the council also approved a $1,000 raise in annual salary for most full-time county employees, bumped the hourly rate for part-time employees up 46 cents to $9 an hour and moved the pay rate for daily employees to $70 a day, a raise of two dollars a day.
The council decided to go with an equal dollar amount raise in lieu of a percentage to keep from increasing the gap between the employees on the high and low ends of the pay scale.
The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.
The council's next regular meeting will be Monday, Oct. 1, at the same time and location.