The Board of DD has not been on the Butler County ballot for 14 years, and the levy covers 75 percent of the $27.6 million revenue budget.
The plan is to ask voters to approve a levy in November 2018, and Guliano said more information is needed before deciding whether to ask for additional dollars or a renewal.
Revenues for next year are projected at $28.5 million, which represents a 1.7 percent reduction. Due to pressures from changes in Medicaid local match dollars for waivers, they have had to institute cuts and other changes to make-do.
The new union contract also has a provision that says the board can provide additional increases if it so chooses. Guliano said her agency has not instituted the Butler County commissioners’ performance pay program.
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“That is something we hope to look at in the future, but right now we’re being very conservative,” she said. “We do have the two percent that they get, it is also based on merit like the commissioners’ employees for all of the staff here, not just the union employees, but all of us are on the two percent merit-based system for 2018 but we have not been able to adopt anything additional.”