Kershaw County Council Tuesday evening held third reading reconsideration of the County budget for the fiscal year that begins in July. Councilman Jimmy Jones offered a number of amendments including a 2% pay raise for county employees, $40,000 to the 5th circuit solicitor’s office, $50,000 to the public defenders office, $40,000 to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office to hire an additional narcotics investigator and a $200,000 one time expenditure to assist in the construction of a new animal shelter. The amendments passed on votes of 4-3. The amended budget passed with a unanimous vote. The additional expenditures will be funded out of the county reserve fund. The county budget comes in at over $22.2 million.