Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Trib-Star Reports Vigo County Votes 3.5% Raise

From the Terre Haute Tribune Star:

Vigo County employees, along with county sheriff deputies, will receive the equivalent of a 3.5-percent salary increase for 2014.

The Vigo County Council, in a 5-1-1 vote, approved a salary ordinance with a 2.5-percent pay increase plus one step, which equals to about 3.5 percent, said Vigo County Council Budget Committee chairman Tim Curley.

Sheriff deputies would receive a straight 3.5-percent increase. The salary ordinance does not increase part-time pay and sets part-time help as not to exceed 29 hours per week.

Councilman Mark Bird, who works as the county’s weights and measures officer, abstained from voting. Councilwoman Kathy Miller voted against the salary ordinance.

The council in a 6-1 vote, with Miller opposing, voted also to give elected county officials a 3.5-percent salary increase in 2014.

The council voted 4-3 not to give itself a salary increase. The council’s salary will remain the same as in 2013. Council members Ed Ping, Rick Burger and Mike Morris favored the raise, while council members Bird, Miller, Curley and council President Bill Thomas voted against the raise.

The final reading of the county’s 2014 proposed budget was approved on a 5-2 vote, with Miller and Morris opposing.

 Morris said he did not have time to sufficiently meet with all county departments as a member of the budget committee to gain a better understanding of each department.

The 2014 budget is proposed at $54,462,251, with the maximum funds to be raised at $34,049,346. The proposed budget is more than $1 million below the allowable maximum tax levy. The budget next must be approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.