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Raises approved for most county employees

December 03, 2003|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved an average pay raise of 1.2 percent for most employees, effective Jan. 1, 2004.

The raise will be in addition to the 2 percent raise the County Commissioners approved for all full-time employees this past summer.

The additional raises came about through recommendations contained in a wage and benefits study completed earlier this year. A county-created committee reviewed those recommendations and realigned the county's wage and classification scale, resulting in the additional pay increases.

County employees who are recommended to move up a pay grade on the scale as a result of the realignment will receive 2 percent raises, Water Quality Director Greg Murray said.

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Murray served on the county's committee that reviewed the wage and benefits study recommendations.

Seventy-eight percent, or 517 of the county's 663 employees, are affected by the additional increases.

Murray said the raises for the remainder of this fiscal year will cost approximately $282,000, money that already has been included in the budget.

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