SC Budget Clears Initial Hurdle

(BLOUNTVILLE) — Sullivan County commissioners approve the first reading of the county’s next budget…

It includes a 7-cent tax increase. With that out of the way, officials say the final reading on the proposed budget is set for June 25. They add 6 cents of the tax increase will pay for 20 new employees at the county jail…a 2% cost-of-living pay hike for eligible county employees and more. Insiders say, the final reading is really just a formality, at this point.