CHIPLEY - Local governments have pushed ahead and passed upcoming fiscal year budgets.
Chipley City Council approved its final millage rate and passed its fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, which included a pay increase and new pay scale.
The council approved a 3 percent pay increase for all employees and a new pay scale that increases the salary of the lowest paid, entry-level employees by $1 an hour and increases all other non-department head employees by no less than 50 cents and up to $1. The changes go in effect
The increase seems to be a response by the council to city employees who have expressed the need for more competitive salaries. Last month, council members tasked City Administrator Dan Miner with finding more money within the FY 2019-2020 budget to fund a salary increase. This is the second across-the-board 3-percent pay raise city employees have received since FY 2017-2018.
The council unanimously approved the $10,227,136 at a special meeting held Thursday evening.
Also at the meeting, the council gave a final approval of a millage rate of 7.000 mills, which is more than 1.01 percent of the rolled-back rate of 6.9301 mills.
Washington County Board of County Commissioners also approved its FY 2019-2020 budget of $15,012,427 and a final millage rate of 8.7235 mills, which is 2.36 percent lower than the rolled back rate.
The proposed millage will generate $7,511,219.
The board also approved the municipality services benefit unit FY 2019-2020 budget of $449,680.