MUNCIE— Just when it seemed the 2022 Delaware County budget and the issue of pay raises was safely in the rearview mirror, it's back for a few county employees.

Delaware County commissioners have told the Delaware County Council by letter that they don't wish to accept their $1,000 raises, the raise given to all county employees outside the sheriff's department and paid through the general fund.

Instead, commissioners James King and Shannon Henry are asking their raises go two workers in their office, Pam McCammon and Jeni Honeycutt. Commissioner Sherry Riggin asked for her raise to be given to David Hill, county custodian supervisor. All three of those employees already were in line to get a $1,000-a-year raise on their own, and would receive a $2,000 pay boost each if council makes the changes.

I don't need it," said commissioners President James King Tuesday. "I'd like for it to go to someone who does need it."

Commissioners wrote that they didn't expect a salary increase this year  and "in checking with the State Board of Accounts, we have determined that we do not wish to accept this increase in our salary."

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