County office holders, staff give up holiday for budget

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

America’s fiscal solvency, Ray County elected officials and staff found a better way to cut costs from the county’s extremely tight budget: they made concessions.

Unlike most years, Ray County Courthouse was open for business on Columbus Day Monday. Courts were closed, following the state’s holiday calendar, though. Office holders and staff agreed to give up a coveted paid holiday to help with the county’s budget constraint, which struggles to stay in the black in its fourth fiscal quarter. While the concession may seem small, each working day on the county payroll is around $12,000, according to Eastern Commissioner Allen Dale.

“It was a fantastic concession and we’d like to thank them for that,” Dale said. “It’s good for taxpayer relations, too.”

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