County budget includes 2 percent raise

Published 8:59pm Sunday, October 6, 2013

County employees can look forward to a raise in their paychecks during the 2014 fiscal year.

The Elmore County Commission approved a $22 million budget in which county employees will receive a 2 percent cost of living pay increase.

“It’s not only good that we were able to approve a balanced budget, but to afford our employees a cost of living increase,” Commission Chairman Joe Faulk (D4) said.

The commission has given a 2 percent cost of living increase to county employees every year since 2001, Faulk said.

The budget was given its final OK Monday afternoon.

“The county has been rated as one of the most credit worthy counties in the state. This can’t be accomplished without being meticulous with the budgeting process,” Faulk added.

The general fund budget saw an increase of $1.2 million.

At least a $610,000 increase was budgeted in for the sheriff’s department as well as a $119,000 increase for the jail.

“Much of the increase in the sheriff’s and jail budget was to give our sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers salaries which are more competitive with other agencies,” Commissioner David Bowen (D3) said. “We want to ensure we keep the people who work in public safety.”

In addition to pay increases within the sheriff’s department, Faulk said advances in technology within the department also mean more money.

“Technology changes almost daily and so, too, has the cost,” Faulk said. “We are mindful that our most important assets are our workers, but we always look for the most advanced technology to make their jobs easier and more productive.”

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