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County employees get raise

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By Lou Elliott Jones

It has been five long years, but county workers will see a 3 percent pay raise in the checks they receive on June 20.

The Levy County Commission unanimously ratified an agreement with Florida Public Employees Local 630 of Laborers’ International Union of North America, AFL-CIO, during its Tuesday meeting that calls for the raise. The vote was 3-0 with Commissioners Danny Stevens (R-District 5) and Chad Johnson (R-District 2) absent from the meeting. 

At the same time, the commission said the money would extend to those employee by the county’s constitutional officers — property appraiser, tax collector, clerk, sheriff and supervisor of elections. But the decision on when would be made by each constitutional officer. 

County workers have not had a pay raise since the 2006-07 fiscal year. The only renumeration since then has been in the form of a bonus in December 2012 and the county absorbing increases in health care premiums for several years. 

Fred Moody, county coordinator, said, “The union proposed 5 percent and we countered with 3 percent which the union first rejected. But then they called back and wanted to know if we would accept a re-vote.”

The ratification for 3 percent salary increase for the employees will be current through Sept. 30, 2014.

County workers are being paid today, so the county could not get a raise included in the checks in time, but Moody said it will be in the checks in two weeks. 

He said the money for the raise will come out of each departments budget, although some amendments may need to be made to the county budget to accommodate some departments and constitutional officers. 

The motion to approve the raise was made by Commissioner John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) and seconded by Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 3). Commission Chair Ryan Bell concurred.