No tax increases are included in the budget proposed by Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon for the 2012 fiscal year. However, Lemon says he hopes to find more than the $250,000 now set aside for employee compensation increases. Sheriff Lynn Nelson has been asking for more money because he says too many deputies are leaving for jobs in such places as Logan or Box Elder County and the turnovers are costly. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Lemon said he knows the starting wage is about $2 an hour less in the county and he would like to try to fix that but he faces a challenge with some of the other increases that have to be met by the county. “Our challenge is that we, and the employees don’t see this, but we this year got a huge increase in the amount we have to contribute for retirement,” Lemon said. “It’s now between three and four percent. And I know that’s a frustration for me. “When we have someone in law enforcement we’re now paying between 30 and 31 percent into a retirement fund. The employees don’t see that until they retire.” Lemon says county employees do have a good benefits package. There will be a public hearing on the new budget at the next meeting of the Cache County Council on November 22. Lemon says he hopes a lot of people will turn out because he would like to have public input.
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