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Prelimary Craighead County Budget sent for final approval

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All Craighead County employees would see a three-percent raise next year…if the full Quorum Court approves the 2016 budget that was given a nod last night by the Budget committee.  The 30-million-dollar budget is considered to be tight.  Budget Chairman Ken Stacks says specific salary needs that come from District Court, the sheriff’s department, and the deputy prosecuting attorney are to be considered by the full Quorum Court...however, he stressed those extra requests were NOT guaranteed.  Justice Terry Couch believed that extra money given to certain employees that is over-and-above the three-percent pay raise should also be given to everyone else; not just certain employees.  Another issue to still be looked at includes investments into the county’s road budget.  The full Quorum Court is expected to look at the budget in detail during its next meeting on December 14th.