|By Matt Harrelson, Richmond County Daily Journal, Rockingham, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Commissioners paused to pay tribute to Maske during the board's afternoon meeting. Family members and state lawmakers joined the board in applauding Maske for nearly a half-century of service to his community.
"On behalf of
Robinette also talked about the tens of thousands of people Maske and his family have helped over the years.
"What a great leader for
Maske's resignation, which became effective on Saturday, followed a political career that began as a member of the
Commissioners on Monday also approved a
"This budget has been a challenge for me and for the entire staff," Sago wrote in his budget message to commissioners. "In fact, when I received the budget, I had an almost
One major change to the budget this year, said Sago, includes health insurance plans for county employees, who will see a current deductible of
"Between 11 and 15 percent of employees are going to hit the deductible," he said during the meeting. "Right now, we're doing what we can to pay 100 percent of employees' health insurance."
Another change will be a 1 percent raise for all county employees in the new fiscal year. The total from the raises comes to
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