Magistrate John Camp (left), Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield (center) and Treasurer Tammy Robertson (right) discuss next year's budget/photo by Adam May
Employees of Todd County government could very well see an increase in their hourly wage come July 1st, but that will also likely mean a change in their vacation and sick time procedures.
Saying he is nearly certain many county employees have used sick time for activities such as hunting and fishing in the past, Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield proposed to give full-time employees an across the board 75 cent raise and part time employees a 50 cent raise—while weighing that against a reduction in the number of sick and vacation hours accrued each month.
Under the proposal, employees with five or less years tenure would go from 12 to six days of vacation per year; those with five to 10 years would fall to 12 days a year and those with 10 years and up would remain at 18 days annually.
Fiscal Court also used a liberal interpretation of the restricted special session agenda item titled only as “Administrative Code” to remove a major portion that previously allowed employees to sell back their sick days to the county at the end of their time with the county.
The judge said he feared there would be an influx of employees quitting and selling back their time between now and when it would go into effect if court waited to put it on the agenda for a regular meeting.
Judge Greenfield’s proposal would also reduce the number of sick days accrued by all employees to six days a year. He said the extra pay will help several employees on the low end of the pay scale with an extra 30 dollars a week, while drawing the “time off” policies closer to the civilian world.
Court was agreeable with the judge’s proposal and also found little wrong with his proposed budget for the next fiscal year of nearly 6.2 million dollars. Magistrates did request a few changes in the spending plan, but the only major differences from last year would be in the employee salary increases, assuming they pass during a regular meeting later this spring.
Listen to the 7:15am newscast on Lite 98.7 Wednesday morning for the full story.
Treasurer Tammy Robertson (left) and Magistrates Alfred Blake and Rex Johnson (center and right) listen to a proposed salary increase and administrative code change/photo by Adam May