The raise will cost $173,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year and $300,000 annually once approved, and several positions are exempt from the allowance, including those salaries set by state law, such as County Commissioners, Superior court Judges, and any constitutional officers.
“I really wanted to pass this 2 percent raise along to our employees and staff to really let them know how appreciative I am for all that they have done over the last four years,” said County Commissioner Alvin Long. “Our objective and our goal was to keep our people working, keep them paying their bills, have their insurance remain in tact to be able to take care of their families. That was our main goal and we have done that. We have not lost any jobs. After our audit we have been able to give back benefits. Gordon County is in the best financial condition it has been in for 12 years and we want to show our employees how much they mean to us.”
Long continued on to express his desire for future members of the board to continue to budget wisely to be able to afford this for the employees in the future.
According to Chairperson Judy Bailey, the staff is able to receive this allowance due to the ability to return money to the general fund, after each audit.
“I think our staff is important, they do a good job, and they do save money,” said Bailey. “I have been here eight years and thus far every year they have not gone over budget. I believe in all of us. I believe in us as a community, as a county, as a state and as a nation, and I think that we may still face a few tough times, but I think we will be fine.”
The board unanimously approved the raise for employees Tuesday.