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New Pierce County budget raises taxes just a little

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With only a little fuss, last week Pierce County Board members finalized a 2009 budget that will mean a slight tax increase for county property owners.

The 2009 budget adds two new employees: a jailer/dispatcher and a lead economic support worker. It also gives most union employees a 2 percent salary increase on Jan. 1 and another 1 percent increase on July 1, 2009. Non-union workers, who are generally department heads and managers, will get 2.5 percent increases Jan. 1.

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