Magistrates approve $24 million budget

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Employees to get 3 percent increase

By Randy Patrick

County government employees will get a 3 percent raise in next year’s budget.

Four of Nelson County’s five magistrates (one was absent) gave the county’s $24 million spending plan their seal of approval Tuesday.

Magistrates Sam Hutchins, Bernard Ice, Jerry Lear and Keith Metcalfe voted unanimously to approve County Judge-Executive Dean Watts’ 2017-18 fiscal year budget at their meeting Tuesday. Magistrate Jeff Lear, who approved the budget for its first reading May 2, was absent.

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