The Henry County Board of Commissioners approved a 1.8 percent across-the-board pay raise for all full-time and permanent part-time employees June 18 during the regular meeting.
"Our employees work very hard and do a terrific job for the county. They deserve a raise," said Chairman Tommy Smith.
Certain employees will be excluded from receiving the pay raise. Elected officials and constitutional officers will not receive the raise. Other employees not in line for raises are temporary and per diem employees along with employees who receive supplements or those whose salaries are funded by grants or DATE funds.
Commissioners adopted a fiscal year 2014 general fund budget of $122,078,834 that included $1.2 million for extra compensation for employees in May.
At the time, it had not yet been determined whether the added compensation would come in the form of a bonus or a pay raise of up to 2 percent.
"After a number of years of going without so much as a cost of living adjustment, and even furlough days, we wanted to do what we could to let our employees know that they are valued and appreciated. We wish we could have done more," Smith said.
It is the first pay raise for employees in five years. The raise will take effect in July, the first month of the new fiscal year. Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
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