County budget calls for 4 percent pay hike

April 26, 1997

A staff-prepared preliminary budget includes a 4 percent pay raise for county employees and money to bring all county workers up to 40 hours per week.

The increases, which are recommended by a new county compensation study, would come on top of a $500 bonus, a $500 increase to salary and a 2 percent pay raise approved late last year.

Also, money would be included to bring some employees up to a minimum level for their grade as specified in the study.

County Finance Director Debra Bastian said Tuesday the payroll increases would cost more than $700,000 in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.


Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said that he thought the increases were too much for one year.

Washington County Commissioners have discussed tax increases in the $2 million to $3.6 million range.

Commissioner R. Lee Downey said Thursday he thought the commissioners should try to fully fund the pay increases.

"I would feel that we should if at all possible fund that," Downey said. "This study was bringing us in line with other businesses and county governments," he said.

- Steven T. Dennis

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