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BEAUFORT COUNTY AMENDS BUDGET FOR EMPLOYEE RAISES

Beaufort County Council voted to give employees a 5% cost-of-living raise, according to a news release. Council members passed an ordinance in April to amend the fiscal year 2021- 22 budget to include the raises and funding for several projects after staff identified a surplus of about $9 million. The county said $895,000 will be used to pay for the cost-of-living raises for employees in emergency services, the sheriff’s office, detention center and county staff.