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County budget makes room for raises

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Community members may have recently heard cheers coming from the Clay County Courthouse, as county employees received good news.

For the first time in three years, full-time county employees will receive a 3 percent pay raise.

"Going into the process, (the council) had a goal of getting to the point where we could give pay raises," President Mike McCullough said.

Every year, all office holders within the courthouse submit a proposed budget to the auditor's office. The auditor compiles about 30 budgets, and for three days, each budget is examined line by line by the county council.

All proposed budgets are totaled equaling a total request number.

The auditor calculates the projected income each year including property taxes, CAGIT, LOIT and miscellaneous income. The number is then compared to the amount requested.

During this year's county budget meetings, the Clay County Council had a total budget estimate for the incoming year of more than $6.7 million in the General Fund. The estimated amount of income within the General Fund for the incoming year is around $ 2.8 million.

"Where our budget is very similar from last year's, our revenue is not keeping up with it," Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said.

Due to this problem, the council had to make cuts within departments to balance the numbers.

"This is my 27th year in office, and this is the first time ever that we didn't get that accomplished in three days," McCullough said. "After three days of intense work on the budgets, we were still over where we needed to be."

After adjourning and meeting again the next week, the council was able to lower the budgets.

"We were able to balance our budget, and we were able to give full-time employees a 3 percent pay raise, which was important to us because the county employees had not received a pay raise in three years," McCullough said.

During the Oct. 3 meeting, the county council will approve the final budget. Then it will be submitted to the Department of Local Finance for final approval.

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Could we please find out exactly what the rate of pay is for the city officials or what meeting we could go to to see this budget?

I am by no means saying they do not deserve a raise, but in complete honesty, I might if I knew their pay. On the other hand, I may be ashamed if they are working for sub-par pay. I would be a little kinder and more understanding to our employees if I thought they were underpaid.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Thu, Sep 29, 2011, at 10:16 AM

I know this is about county. I would like to know both county and city pay scale.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Thu, Sep 29, 2011, at 10:18 AM

The County Council meets the first Monday of each month at 6:oopm. at the County Courthouse. The next meeting is this coming Monday. I'm sure the council members would welcome your attendance.If you can't make that meeting, all salaries paid are available to the public at any time. Just go to the Auditors office on the first floor of the courthouse and tell them what you want to see and they will be happy to show you.

-- Posted by open minded on Thu, Sep 29, 2011, at 12:44 PM

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