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Yakima County Commissioners give up pay raise, propose wage freeze

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Yakima County Commissioners signed over their pay raise as an effort to reduce the budget deficit. They are also asking county employees to take part in a wage freeze.

The county's budget doubled to $1.1 million after Yakima County did not receive a $600,000 grant they were expecting. Commissioners are trying to make up for the loss by proposing a wage freeze. They say if all 1200 county employees agree to it, the money saved would cover the million dollars of debt. While some employees have mixed feelings, many are supporting the proposal.

"That's just something that has to occur. I'd rather take a freeze wage this year, next year, whatever it's going to take to save employees and to save services," said Toni Bowron, a county employee.

Employees want to see other efforts too, like cutting down on costs for employees to travel, cell phone usage, and cars. 

Commissioners opened an account for county employees and are waiting until mid march to see how many of them contribute to it and agree to the wage freeze.

Commissioners will be meeting with department heads to discuss the budget sometime next week.