Pay raises, new employees cut as BOCC begins budget work

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

The pay raise would cost the county $225,454, according to the clerk’s office.

For the third consecutive year commissioners also axed an additional position in the clerk’s office. Norris said she had pared the job specs and salary requirements as low as she could and made the plea for the position – again.

“We are struggling to do our job adequately,” Norris said, “and meet constitutional requirements. We are really struggling getting everything done.”

 The Veterans Service Office was reduced to two-days a week and the BOCC cut a $10,000 increase for funding to the Gulf County Health Department to assist in offsetting cuts in state funding.

Other highlights:

*Commissioners agreed to meet Sheriff Mike Harrison in the middle on funding for new vehicles. Noting the age of his fleet, past and recent unsuccessful attempts to sell old vehicles for new and the lapsing of two manpower positions to net a new vehicle, Harrison said “our fleet is in deplorable condition.”

Commissioners agreed to an increase of $100,000 to fund three new vehicles.

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