The raises, which took effect Jan. 1, averaged 5.8 percent and totaled $775,000 of the office’s $13.78-million payroll, according to documents provided by Rice, a Democrat.

Rice can save money by reducing staff, then she can pay the remaining personnel more.

Any increase in government spending has the potential to cause an increase in taxes, any taxes. The money to pay for the increased spending has to come from somewhere, and if there are no productivity increases then there will be a net increase in spending.  The net increase puts upward pressure on taxes.  Nassau has one of the highest tax burdens of any county in the U.S.