BONIFAY - Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved a four percent pay raise for all non-union county employees and a county contribution of $35 per employee toward health insurance during called session Aug. 28. The same raise was offered to union employees, including those in the road department and ambulance service, but the union turned down the increase, which is still in separate negotiation. Union representative Allen Gregory had not return the Times-Advertiser's call at press time.
"There is an upcoming meeting to discuss benefits and the upcoming payroll and how that will affect the 2014-2015 budget," said County Attorney Jeff Goodman. "The board knows we've got a couple of things going on. We're in negotiations with the union in respect to wages and benefits, and those negotiations are ongoing. We have yet to reach an agreement."
Goodman explained that the non-union employees' upcoming payment for their insurance for their upcoming fiscal year is coming due and needs to be paid that week. He also added that there was discussion on paying a $35 payment toward their insurance deductible or insurance cost.
"They want to see if the board wants to go ahead and do $35 toward the non-union employee insurance so payroll can get that out this week. As we go into next month they will start making payments in October for the upcoming 2014-2015 fiscal year," said Goodman. "We can go ahead at this time and do any wage increase would like. We payout October's insurance in September and that's going out today."
Commissioner Kenneth Williams motioned the board needed to "go ahead and put it on the record" to give their non-union employees a four percent pay raise and $35 for their insurance, effective the new budget year.
Merchant also motioned they raise the supervisor of the Holmes County Recycling Center's hourly wage by $1, which she is "budget neutral" because she is grant funded, which was also approved.
· Holmes County Recycling Center Supervisor's request to use $3,000 to purchase a paper shredder.
· Roll over any extra money from inmate medical from the Holmes County Sheriff's Office funds to be used as contingency funds for inmate medical contingency.