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Lee County budget hearings: Committee urges raises for some part-timers

Several department heads present proposed budgets

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 9:20 p.m. CST

DIXON – During the third day of Lee County’s budget hearings, the Finance Committee voted Friday to recommend a pay raise for all part-time county employees who were hired at a lower hourly rate than the current $9 minimum.

The recommendation to the County Board was sparked by a request from Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington, who proposed during his budget hearing to raise the wage of one of his part-time employees from $8.50 to the county minimum of $9.

Budget hearings started Wednesday in the Old Lee County Courthouse, 112 E. Second St. On Friday, the probation department, health department, county judges, ESDA, coroner, sheriff’s department, and state’s attorney’s office presented their proposed budgets for the coming year. The budget will be finalized this fall.

Of the seven county entities that presented proposals, none had significant changes from the current year’s budget.

Lee County State’s Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller did note, however, that Stacey Wittman, an assistant state’s attorney, will leave her post this year. Sacco-Miller said that she had made an offer to a job candidate to fill that position.

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