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Perry Council leaders working on 2018 budget

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PERRY CO., IN (WFIE) -

Perry County leaders are working on the 2018 budget. 

County council members said the 2018 budget is around $4 million, which they say is already pretty much accounted for. 

We're told the recently adopted public safety tax has brought in $182,000. That's local income tax paid by people who work in the county. 

Revenue from the tax has been used to pay for an extra deputy and a sheriff's car at the county courthouse. 

It has also taken the burden off of meals for prisoners program which officials said is a big hit for the county. We're told a new ambulance was also purchased through the public safety tax. 

As for the budget, county council members said they have approved a three percent pay increase for some jail staff and are working to try and hire an animal control officer for the county. 

They said $3,000 have already been set aside to help with animal education in schools. 

"The hot topic is the Animal Control officer which we are trying to work with the people and get it in place and get it going, but there have to be some things done before this process can be done," said County Council President Steve Goodson. "We just want them to know we are working with them, and it's going to take time." 

We're told the county council will adopt the budget at their regular meeting next week

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