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Kershaw County Council passes final budget
Amendments include raises for selected public safety officers
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews addresses Kershaw County Council during the public comment section of councils meeting Tuesday. Matthews urged members not to let an angry minority dictate what they should do in response to his request to provide higher salaries for deputies and other public safety officers in order to better protect the public. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews got at least most of what he asked for from Kershaw County Council. By the time council passed final reading of its proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget Tuesday evening, it included an amendment providing a $2,500 raise to selected public safety employees, including Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies. As he did during council’s May 24 meeting, Matthews addressed council during the public comment section of Tuesday’s meeting, asking them to raise deputies’ salaries.