Pay raises, new employees cut as BOCC begins budget work

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM.

The cutting began early and continued for much of the morning.

A proposal to begin the process of moving to a different operational information computer system, costing $50,000 as a first step this year, was axed immediately.

All personnel budgets had been calculated with a 3 percent raise across the board for employees.

That was also cut immediately, and remained off the board even after a late plea from deputy administrator Michael Hammond.

“I know everybody wants a pay raise,” McLemore said. “Are we going to sit here and give everybody a raise? I’d love to but we have to do some serious cutting.”

Yeager suggested looking at one-time bonuses in lieu of raises which would have impacts beyond the fiscal year and noted employees had not received a pay raise in five years.

“Our staff does a fabulous job, but this is hard time for a pay raise,” said Commissioner Joanna Bryan after noting that many private businesses are “wrestling” with the same problem.

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