The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Politics

November 21, 2013

County employees get $500 bonus

Workers will also get 3 percent raise in 2014

ANDERSON — For the first time since 2006 full-time employees of Madison County will be receiving a little bit more in their paychecks for this year.

The Madison County Council recently voted to approve a $500 bonus for full-time employees who have been working for the county for at least 90 days.

The bonus is to be paid by the end of the year, Council President John Bostic said Wednesday.

“The employees have not received a pay raise since 2006,” he said. “We have a healthy general fund balance.”

Employees not paid from the county’s general fund will receive the $500 from the respective departmental budgets, Bostic said.

The council approved the bonus by a 5-2 vote with Republicans David McCartney and Rick Gardner casting the no votes. Republican Lisa Phillips voted yes with the four Democratic members.

Elected officials, deputy prosecutors and public defenders will not receive the bonus.

Jane Lyons, Madison County auditor, said the bonus amount from the county’s general fund will be approximately $225,000. The county has an operating balance of $6.5 million.

Lyons said the council has approved a 3 percent salary increase for all full-time employees in 2014. Elected officials will not receive the increase.

She said it has been several years since county employees received a pay hike. Lyons said employees receive a longevity bonus of $75 per year of service which is capped at 25 years or a maximum of $1,875.

Council action to provide the bonus came despite not getting the endorsement of the Madison County commissioners.

John Richwine, president of the Board of County Commissioners, said the commissioners didn’t recommend the 2013 bonus, but did recommend the 3 percent increase for 2014.

“The council took the money from the operating balance,” he said. “We were concerned about taking the money from that fund for the bonus.”

Richwine said the county has held the line on spending in recent years and is coming off a few good years.

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