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Is a Hiring Freeze the Solution?

Can the County Avoid Raising the Tax Levy?

By Reagan Connelly and Gordon HopkinsIs a hiring freeze a viable way of controlling county expenses and, therefore, preventing an increase in the tax levy?That was the question posed by Ralph Tate, a Jefferson County resident who attended the Jefferson County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, July 5. County Commissioners discussed setting the budget for the next fiscal year.As previously reported by FJN, the ever-rising cost of gas as well as supply chain issues have put a strain on the budget this year. Facing rising inflation and competitive pay in other counties and private entities, the commi...

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