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DeLand OKs employee raises
By Jen Horton
posted Jul 26, 2013 - 9:51:55am
After several years of doing more with less, the DeLand City Commission is poised to focus on the city's employees, and to ask taxpayers for more money to help.
Commissioners approved a two-year plan to increase the pay of DeLand's 350 workers, spending $435,302 this year on the first round of raises.
Plus, commissioners OK'd merit raises of up to 3 percent that could cost the city another $323,840 in the coming year, depending on how many raises are given.
With property in DeLand worth more this year than last year, the city government could bring in more money by keeping its current tax rate of 7.0168 mills. But city commissioners approved an even higher rate of 7.2206, which will mean tax increases for 65.48 percent of DeLand taxpayers. That preliminary rate could be lowered before being finalized in September.
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