Warren County commissioners are considering pay raises for county employees. Currently on the table is $1,000 for full-time employees and $500 for part-time.
Budget and Finance Committee members met Monday to consider the county’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14, including the county’s general fund and the possibility of raises for employees.
According to figures given to the committee by finance director Linda Hillis, giving every employee a $1,200 raise would add $414,400 to the budget on an annual basis, while an $800 raise adds $276,400 and a $1,000 raise adds $345,300.
“The school is giving an $800 bonus,” said Commissioner Ken Martin. “Maybe it would be more in line if we stayed with $1,000.”
The school system is giving a bonus, which is just a one-time allocation, to all its employees. County Executive John Pelham says he has discussed with Director of Schools Bobby Cox the possibility of giving county employees raises.
“We made it very clear in our talks with Bobby that if we could, we would try to give a raise to county employees because school system employees do get a step up,” said Pelham. “If you give $1,000, that would be comparable to their bonus.”
Bell says the 1.5 percent increase from the state is included in the $800 bonus.
“Bobby says this is the first year the school has been given the discretion on where to put the money,” Bell said. “He decided to combine it with a bonus from the county.”
He added, “I want to be fair about this. I don’t want to give too much to one side. I make a motion we give $1,000 and $500.”
Voting unanimously on the motion were Martin and Bell, as well as Commissioners Herschel Wells, Carl Bouldin and Michael Martin.
The proposed budget, raises included, will go before the full County Commission in July.