|A majority of county commissioners voted at Monday's
meeting to add a 1% raise to the already approved 1% bonus for county
employees. Voting for the raise was Commissioner David Meers, Earlena
Maples, Roy Bledsoe, Harold Duff, Chris Park and Wayne Gardin. The
raises and bonuses are estimated to cost approximately $173,000.00 if
all employees get raises and bonuses.
Earlier in the budget process, commissioners had approved the 1% bonus for all county employees with the stipulation that if the school board gave raises to school employees greater than 1% the commission would revisit the matter to consider larger raises for county employees. Of course the school board did give raises greater than 1% to all school employees.
Follow this with me. The commission approves a 1% bonus for all county employees but added the stipulation that they would consider a larger raise for the county employees if the school board gave their employees greater than 1% raises. Of course the school board knows no limits and without hesitation voted for massive raises for school employees. But unless the commission approves the school board's budget the school board couldn't give anybody a raise.
So commission votes to give the school board another million dollars which allows the school board to give school employees bigger raises than county employees which allows the commission to come back and give county employees bigger raises.
Is it just me or is there some kind of weird circular logic here. Whatever it is, when it's all said and done, you, we, the tax payers just paid about $650,000.00 in raises and bonuses. You can add another 15% on top of that for the accompanying increases required for Social Security, Medicare and retirement.
Hold on to your hat and fasten your seat belt. We will be hammered with a huge property tax increase next year.
County leaders approve pay increase for employees
Greg Wilkerson News herald