Shale Activity Drives 3 Percent Raises for Carroll County Employees

From the Times Reporter:
Buoyed by the local economic boost from natural-gas exploration, Carroll County officials approved three percent pay raises for general fund employees. 
The pay raise applies to staff members of some, but not all, county elected officials.
"Our sales tax is up," county Commissioner Thomas Wheaton said. "That is where we are really making the money. There are more people working here." 
Carroll County's sales tax is one percent. With the Utica Shale reaching into Carroll County, this area has attracted activity from petroleum exploration companies, such as Chesapeake Energy. 
"We have got a lot of money from the gas play," Carroll County Auditor E. Leroy VanHorne said. "Things are going real well."
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