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Lawmakers Approve Pay Raise Bill for County Employees
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on March 15, 2014 @ 11:46PM
Created on March 15, 2014 @ 11:03PM

Tensions are running high as lawmakers race to complete the bills on the governors special session agenda. Friday night, state lawmakers approved a bill that will allow counties across the state to raise elected county officials salaries. The pay raise is a high jump. It would provide up to a 12% increase in salaries across the board.

Many people said this type of raise does not sit well with them.

"I can understand an increase in 2% or 3% for cost of living increases, but from what I've heard, a 12% increase does seem to be a bit much," said Seth Davis, Harrison County resident.

Others believe it's a risky decision to propose such huge gains right now.

"Our elected officials work hard in Harrison County. They probably set the bar for what county officials are supposed to do. But to give some of them 6,8,10, or  even 12-thousand dollar raises, when the state of the economy isn't good, when we have to go into the Rainy Day Fund, the Emergency Fund, just to balance the budget. When you can't spread the equity out to everybody, then you start to set priorities," said Mike Queen, candidate for WV State Senate.

Some say they are willing to pay more money out of their own pockets to help keep officials from leaving the community.

"I feel safe going out at night and I would like to keep it that way. If we want to keep the best, we are going to have to pay for the best, " said Bobby Nutter, Harrison County resident.

The money would come directly from county funds. The state auditor will have to approve each counties finances before the raises would be available.

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