Most county employees awarded pay raises
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 AM
Employees in several departments will see pay raises beginning this month, following action by the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors on Monday.
The Sheriff, jail administrator, road manager and several other department heads asked the board to approve 50 cents an hour pay increases for their employees, noting that there was money in their individual budgets for fiscal 2014 to fund them.
County Administrator Benjie Coats said the raises were made possible by cutting expenditures.
"The department heads have done a lot more with a lot less," Coats said.
This will be the first raise for county employees in four years.
The raises targeted employees with at least a year of service in the sheriff's office including bailiffs, the jail, 911, emergency management, road department, county administrator's office, circuit clerk's office, tax assessor's office and one county-paid employee in the chancery clerk's office.
Some part-times employees were also awarded the raises.
Since 2009, supervisors have cut the individual budgets of most county departments by 13 percent in an effort to ward off a tax increase.
In addition, 15 jobs left vacate by resignations and/or retirements have not been filled.
That includes 10 in the county road department, one in Justice Court, one in the tax office and three fulltime positions at the coliseum, including the director.
The county's $6.2 million general fund budget for fiscal 2014 provides the same level of spending as 2013 for most departments, except for an 1 1/2 percent increase in the county's share of employees' state retirement.
Under the 2014 budget, the sheriff's department will see an additional $67,195 to fund, among other things, two new patrol cars.
The tax office would see an additional $46,143 to fund rising postage costs associated with the sanitation department, tag notices and tax bills, as well as employee training for state certification purposes among other things.
An increase in the number of days cases are heard in various courts helped spark increases in those areas.
Chancery Court will see an $18,607 increase; Juvenile Court, $60,842 and Circuit Court, $25,147, which included additional money to help fund a change of venue case in September.
The county jail will see an additional $75,785 in the new year to house prisoners and fund added expenses for food, repairs and utilities.
The new fiscal 2014 budget, which did not require a tax increase to fund, went into effect Tuesday.