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County budget passes second reading with amendments
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Kershaw County Council unanimously passed second reading Tuesday of the county’s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget, but not before voting down several amendments while approving others. The approved amendments include plans to transfer money from the county’s reserve fund in order to cover additional spending on employee raises, expansions to the county’s emergency medical services (EMS), improving an access road behind the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and more. The process began with Councilman Jimmy Jones motioning to provide a $2,000 salary increase to certain public safety employees in order to be competitive with other counties and provide all other county employees a 2 percent raise.