Monday, JMonday, June 18, 2014
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C.— Aiken County Council voted Tuesday night to raise salary for all county employees.
The pay raise will go into effect on July 1, 2014.
County council members passed the budget last night. It includes using extra money for a 10% raise for all county employees.
The plan would draw from surpluses in past salary budgets and cost between $1.2 and $1.3 million, much less than the $4 million that Sheriff Hunt proposed several weeks ago.
The pay raises were proposed in a budget workshop session on Monday with the goal of evening the playing field for county employees who may feel pressured to leave for higher paying job. The county says they have not changed the salary ranges for employees in the past seven years until now.
The plan comes on the heels of Sheriff Michael Hunt requesting a millage rate increase to pay his deputies more. He says that he’s losing them at an alarming rate to other agencies due to the poor pay scale.
However, council members questioned the fairness of only giving law enforcement a raise with the next fiscal year budget and leaving other county employees out.
“We're at a critical time at the Sheriff's Office and we've got to fix it now and we've got to fix it long term,” added Sheriff Hunt.