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More money allocated for county employee raises

Tippecanoe County employees are getting more of a raise than first expected.

The county is setting aside $1.1-million to pay employees more.

Originally the plan was for $750,000, but the county agreed to $350,000 more by reducing health insurance expenses.

Auditor Jennifer Weston says there are enough reserves in that fund, because of over budgeting in past years, to prevent any increase in premiums.

The general fund budget for 2013 is expected to be about $38.5-million.

That is an increase of .61-percent from last year.

The county council is slated to adopt the budget at its October 9th meeting.