Madison County commissioners agreed April 28 not to give any more raises to county employees until they complete a review of the county pay scale.
The board has long heard complaints about pay discrepancies among county workers and now the commissioners will try to establish clearer guidelines on how employees are paid.
The group recently considered the possibility of establishing a committee to handle a review of employee pay. But the board ultimately decided to handle the issue itself. The group will begin discussions of employee pay at a work session Wednesday, May 7, at 9 a.m. in the county government complex. The meeting is open to the public.
The vote for a freeze was approved 5-0 by the board. The group agreed that the freeze will not affect promotions of current employees to vacant positions. For instance, the BOC expects to hear a request from the EMS about moving a half-time employee to a full-time position at their next meeting. They agreed that the freeze won’t have any bearing on that request.
Since January of last year, the county has awarded 78 raises — including increases to employees under constitutional officers — for a total of $264,489 in increased salaries. Not all of that money represents new expenses, since some of those funds were already in departments’ budgets.
In other matters during the brief April 28 meeting, the group agreed to seek bids for a tractor at the county transfer station. The county will also try to trade in the old tractor at the station. The board agreed to review its road adoption policy at an upcoming meeting. Commissioner Stanley Thomas suggested the BOC review the previous year’s budget before starting on budgeting for the next year.
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