On a 5-to-2 vote the Wicomico County Council approved a $117 million budget for the 2013 fiscal year including $80-thousand to help teachers buy class room supplies.
In addition, there will be a 2 percent pay increase for Sheriff’s deputies under a collective bargaining agreement with no furloughs for county employees.
Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development will get $20-thousand for a part-time office assistant and the State’s Attorney’s Office will receive $50-thousand for personnel.
The fire fighters will get an additional $42-thousand to pay for EMS personnel.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Council member Sharee Sample-Hughes, who voted against the budget, said she would have preferred more information about the county’s projected revenue before voting on the pay hike and additional positions.