Community members may have recently heard cheers coming from the Clay County Courthouse, as county employees received good news.
For the first time in three years, full-time county employees will receive a 3 percent pay raise.
"Going into the process, (the council) had a goal of getting to the point where we could give pay raises," President Mike McCullough said.
All proposed budgets are totaled equaling a total request number.
The auditor calculates the projected income each year including property taxes, CAGIT, LOIT and miscellaneous income. The number is then compared to the amount requested.
During this year's county budget meetings, the Clay County Council had a total budget estimate for the incoming year of more than $6.7 million in the General Fund. The estimated amount of income within the General Fund for the incoming year is around $ 2.8 million.
"Where our budget is very similar from last year's, our revenue is not keeping up with it," Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said.
Due to this problem, the council had to make cuts within departments to balance the numbers.
"This is my 27th year in office, and this is the first time ever that we didn't get that accomplished in three days," McCullough said. "After three days of intense work on the budgets, we were still over where we needed to be."
After adjourning and meeting again the next week, the council was able to lower the budgets.
"We were able to balance our budget, and we were able to give full-time employees a 3 percent pay raise, which was important to us because the county employees had not received a pay raise in three years," McCullough said.
During the Oct. 3 meeting, the county council will approve the final budget. Then it will be submitted to the Department of Local Finance for final approval.