The always touchy subject of pay raises came up during this morning’s Todd Fiscal Court meeting and the issue went away with mixed results.
A cost of living adjustment of 2.96% was recommended for magistrates, county attorneys and coroners by the state—with those the only three constitutional offices that fiscal courts must vote on for them to receive the raise.
Squire Brent Spurlin made a motion to give County Attorney Harold “Mac” Johns and Coroner Bob Whittlsey the raise—but to exclude magistrates. He said it’s highly possible the court won’t be able to afford to give county employees a raise, so he couldn’t justify giving himself one.
Every magistrate who spoke up was against boosting their own pay if they couldn’t do the same for employees, with Squire John Camp saying he also wanted to remove the coroner from the proposed raise since he received a significant increase last year.
Johns said he understood their concerns, but it was his professional opinion that the state mandates all elected officials to take the increase so to not take a “pay cut” in mid-term.
Ultimately, only Johns was given the raise and court said it will decide during the budget-making process if it will be able to afford increases for other county employees.
In other business, court approved allowing Ambulance Service Director Lockey Beasley to purchase a new monitor for an ambulance—with two outdated ones to be purchased back by the company selling the new one.