Daviess County Wrestling With Budget Issues

Opening proposals being submitted for next year’s budget in Daviess County have many officials across the county seeking raises in pay for their employees.

Wednesday’s budget hearing found several office holders asking for raises between 1 thousand and 15 hundred dollars for all full-time workers in the county. Several county officials, including county clerk Sherri Healy, say the raises would help morale while keeping good employees working for the county.

Several county officials also told the Daviess County Council during Wednesday’s hearing that unfunded mandates from the state have caused their workloads to increase. Other issues talked about offsetting health care costs with the approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act and a request to have all county officers accredited by the Veterans Administration.

Rising costs for insurance, utilties, and capital expenditures are also on the table for the council. County Council president Mike Myers says the council isn’t prepared to make a commitment on raises just yet. He says the remaining needs of the county along with rationale from all sides needs to be considered first.

There are 186 full-time employees in Daviess County, which includes elected officials. The council is set to make a final decision on raises when it meets in two weeks to vote for a final version of its budget for next year.