MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 11th-hour passage of a bill by the West Virginia legislature that will increase salaries for local elected officials fetched some last-minute adjustments last week to Berkeley County's upcoming $22.85 million budget, which county commissioners are set to approve Thursday.
The commission moved about $76,702 from the general county portion of its Home Confinement revenue account following passage of a bill by state lawmakers that gives 20 percent pay increases to three of Berkeley County's four constitutional officers and three-member commission, County Administrator Deborah Hammond said.
The bill included a provision that capped a salary increase for the county prosecutor at $13,000.
Circuit Court Clerk Virginia Sine, who went to Charleston, W.Va., last week to lobby for the measure, called the increases long overdue.
"We haven't gotten a raise in four years," Sine said.
The elected officers' raises accompany a new salary structure approved by the commission last month that will add more than $587,000 to the county's $6.7 million payroll for its 277 full-time employees.