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County employees to see 2-1/2-percent raise

Harrison County employees will receive their largest across-the-board pay increase in six years in 2015, after the county council last week approved a 2-1/2-percent raise for county workers.
The council unanimously agreed to the raise at a budget meeting last Wednesday evening. Budget work continues for the council this week, and the final 2015 budget will be read twice at regularly-scheduled council meetings later this month.
The budget, and raise for employees, will not be official until after the second public reading.
In 2008 (for the 2009 budget), the council agreed to give employees a 3-percent raise.
Each year since then ‘ other than 2012 when 2-percent raises were approved ‘ the council has agreed to 1-percent raises.
Last year, the board gave those who didn’t otherwise qualify for larger raises according to the job description and compensation plan a 1-percent raise. Employees who were overpaid according to the study will not receive a raise until the recommended base pay catches up to the actual pay.
The approved raise falls in line with financial adviser Frank Cummings’ overall county general budget recommendation increase of 1 to 5 percent.
The council’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon (moved from Monday because of Columbus Day).