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Raises for Tippecanoe Co employees under review

Tippecanoe County officials are considering the possibility of employee raises in the next budget.

Auditor Jennifer Weston provided the commissioners with cost estimates in increments of 1% with each percent representing $577,529. That includes wages, Social Security and the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF).

Weston says PERF is increasing more than usual.

“It’s been increasing anywhere from a quarter to a half percent lately, and it’s going up 1.2% (next year),” she says. “Yeah, that’s going to be a big hit for us.”

The commissioners will make a recommendation on salaries next month. It then goes to the county council for a final vote during budget hearings later this year.

Commissioner Dave Byers (R-Dist2) thinks a percentage increase is not the way to go.

“I’m kind of leaning to the side of maybe each employee just gets X amount of dollars, but that’s just me talking right now,” he says. “You have some people making pretty good salaries right now and 1% is a big raise.”

Tippecanoe County set aside $1.1 million for employee raises that took effect this year.

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