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LaGrange Co. Council Hears More Budget Requests
Tuesday Sep 11, 2018 1:52pm
LaGrange, IN

By: Tim Murray


(LAGRANGE) - The public hearing on LaGrange County’s proposed 2019 budget resumed Monday morning with personnel requests taking center stage.

Councilman Mike Strawser says he has a hard time adding $500,000 for new employee requests.

One of the first new positions questioned was for the Information and Technology Department. IT Director Bob Murphy defended the requested position, saying over the last ten years, the amount of work and equipment that he and his assistant take care of has grown so much that they need another employee to make sure it is being taken care of properly.

County Commissioner Terry Martin supported Murphy’s request, saying that using outside contract help will cost the county more than the new position. He also thought it was important to keep a skilled staff person.

Afterwards the Council voted to keep the new position in the budget and reduce the professional services line item.

Council also voted to include three of the four positions requested by the Sheriff’s Department and an additional maintenance position for the Parks Department.
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