"We feel our workforce salaries need to be more competitive with our surrounding counties' employees," he said.
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"We don't want to be a training ground for other counties, municipalities," said Commissioner Greg Simmons.
It was the largest pay increase in at least 10 years with more recent increases of 2 percent or 2.5 percent. The increases added just under $293,000 in salary and salary-related accounts.
The 2020 appropriations include several large projects including continuation of the courthouse plaza renovations; staffing/operation of new security screening at the courthouse and safety building; locking system upgrades at the jails; and a new county phone system, hardware and networking.
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Commissioner Jack Evans said those projects will be paid from county reserves and not require any tax increases.