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Jefferson County approves budget, employees to get pay increase

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Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos said he feels confident about the county budget approved by commissioners Tuesday morning. 

"Its a budget that defines the new Jefferson county," said Petelos. 

The county's 2013-2014 budget totals nearly half a billion dollars, a milestone for a county continuing to work to its way out of bankruptcy. 

"It's a budget that's much, much less than it was in previous years. And in the future, we're going to use technology to do a better job of being efficient." 

The budget begins October 1, 2013.  It calls for nearly $5 million worth of investments into county roads, $100,000 into the library system and more than $2 million for the sheriff's office. 

Commissioner Sandra Little Brown hopes some of the money allocated for infrastructure upgrades will go to projects in Lipscomb and Brighton. 

"The roads are terrible and everybody has to pass through those roads and also those people pay taxes," said Brown. " We must have some type of means testing or monies for those distressed cities." 

Petelos says the budget also invests money into technology upgrades that will help the county improve efficiency.  Those technology upgrades include improvements to car tag renewals. 


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