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Finance Department requests additional funding
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Tha Warren County Finance Department is asking the county for almost $4.4 million in its proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. This includes an extra $267,230 to cover salaries and benefits for the seven newly hired bookkeepers, otherwise known as data collection personnel, who will be handling the payroll for the school system, county government employees, and highway department.Linda Hillis, Finance Department director, says of the added employees, “We have 10 employees who are now doing what 15 people were doing. There were 10 bookkeepers for the schools, two at the highway department, and three here.”The proposed budget passed the Budget and Finance Committee with a 5-0 vote.The Finance Department is asking for $55,892, which is Hillis’ salary.The budget asks for $40,788 to pay the salary of the assistant, Melanie Lanier, who is now called the deputy director of finance, according to state statute 5-21-108.

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