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5 Percent Cut Avoided In Spartanburg Co.

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In a heated meeting Monday, Spartanburg County Council voted to join the state health insurance pool plan to avoid a 5 percent cut. In a heated meeting Monday, Spartanburg County Council voted to join the state health insurance pool plan to avoid a 5 percent cut.
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Updated: June 17, 2013

In a heated meeting Monday, Spartanburg County Council voted to join the state health insurance pool plan to avoid a 5 percent cut.

The close vote came after a lengthy meeting in council chambers with time running out to pass a budget.

Dozens of departments were originally asked to slash 5 percent from their budgets to help balance the county budget. The idea came from county council as a way to cover Spartanburg County's budget shortfall.

The county said departments were looking at merging positions, not filling empty jobs, furlough days and pay cuts.  But some council members said the idea did more harm than good.  

"You don't have to be smarter than a 5th grader to figure out that doesn't work," said County Councilman David Britt before the vote. "This will impact every citizen in this county negatively. It's like taking a chainsaw. I'm going to take the chainsaw and cut my arm off to get the splinter out. That's the type of action we are talking about and it is unacceptable."

Supervisors said their employees would have had more work with less help. They feared that could have led to more mistakes on the job and a slower process when it came to the services and safety you pay for.

The county is required by law to have a balanced budget in place by July 1.

Posted: June 10, 2013

Spartanburg city leaders are one step closer to passing a new budget.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the $33.6 million spending plan Monday night. The proposal includes a cost-of-living raise for employees and an additional $200,000 for employee health insurance.

The budget would also include a potential property tax increase of up to 2.9%. The tax increase would depend on the results of a property reassessment now occurring countywide. The maximum increase would result in a homeowner paying an extra $12 for a $100,000 home.

The full budget can be found by clicking here.

 

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