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Proposed county payroll plan voted back to Budget Committee

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By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Commissioners decided on Monday to send a proposed payroll plan for county employees, which was on the floor for vote at the meeting, back to the Budget Committee for review by department heads before further action is taken.

The plan, as it was presented, would establish pay ranks for employees and also an annual 1 percent step increase for all general fund employees, provided the county meets a 2 percent revenue growth.

County Mayor Randall Hutto said that he did not talk individual numbers with departments regarding the plan until commissioners voted it up or down.

This was a direction you gave me, he said of the scale plan. It is a different philosophy than what we have had. The department heads would still have control over what they are doing.

Hutto gave several instances of how the plan could work and allow employees to annually increase their salaries instead of staying at the same pay rate year after year.

He shared a story about when he took a job with the Lebanon Special School District and to be paid the same as a veteran employee. Hutto said that he was told that he would not earn as much as his predecessor because he had many more years of experience but could work his way up.

Our goal is to help our employees, he added.

The general consensus among commissioners was not to kill the proposed plan, but to allow them more time to look at it. District 17 Commissioner Gary Keith said he had just seen the plan on Friday and was out-of-town over the weekend on a personal matter. I have some question. Im not against it, but lets work on the details, he said.

If you guys want to send it back, send it back. I didnt send it back to kill it. I dont think it should die, District 15 Commissioner Mike Justice added.

District 9 Commissioner Sara Patton said that she thought the plan would be on the floor to vote on the concept of it and to maybe consider adopting not for an actual movement.

Commissioners agreed to revisit the plan for vote during their May meeting - allowing those with questions and concerns at least 30 days to address them.

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