In a special meeting Monday night, the Clay County Council unanimously approved the second reading of the 2008 budget.
The council also set the salaries of members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton submitted a proposal listing how he wanted to distribute $369,500 the council appropriated during the budget hearing for the salaries of the chief deputy, a detective, two detective sergeants and seven road deputies.
The raises given allow for these employees to be above the average salary in a 10-county ranking, all similar in population size as Clay County, analyzed by the Clay County Council out of the Association of Indiana Counties Facts Book for 2007.
In all, the approved budget comes to a total of $10,172,126, which does not include totals from peripheral funds.
"Some areas, like the public defender and local health maintenance funds, are supported by their own funding, such as the collection of fees," Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said.
The approved budget will now be sent to the Department of Local Government Finance, which reviews not only budget estimates, but also the assessed values of the county to ensure a fair assessment has taken place.
"Once the Department of Local Government Finance approves the budget and assessment themselves, they then determine the final tax rates for the county," Alumbaugh said.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse. The public is welcome to attend.