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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:30 am

COLUMBIA COUNTY — Over the coming weeks, the Columbia County Board of Supervisors will be taking a closer look at proposals for a tentative 2013 budget. Among the items they will be considering is whether to give non-union employees and department heads raises of 2.5 percent to match raises expected for the county’s union employees. The non-union employees generally earn more than their union counterparts.

County Controller Ron Caponera has planned on budgeting the county’s department heads a 2.5 percent raise to keep up with the percentage raises of most of the county’s union workers, as has been the past practice of the board.

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  • Scamper posted at 5:37 pm on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    Scamper Posts: 4

    I had no idea how inflated the salaries of these positions were. With the exception of a few, they are all so overpaid. Added to the base pay are the benefit packages they receive, health insurance & retirement contributions are two that are very costly to the county taxpayers. I know that the Commisioner of DSS does not have a county car, but wonder how many of them benefit from that, too. The 2.5% wage increase for union employees is contractural and cannot be re-negotiated. However, under no circumstances should those living on these salaries need any more taxpayer dollars.

  • neutralparty posted at 2:10 pm on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    neutralparty Posts: 128

    Everyone commenting should remember you get what you pay for. You Want professionals to work for minimum wage for the good of the tax payer. Blame those responsible for the lousy economy. Tired of public workers taking slack just because the paper posts their salaries. No one complains about a CEO's salary because it isn't advertised every year. Yet they do far more damage to your purse.

  • knitter posted at 6:23 am on Sat, Nov 3, 2012.

    knitter Posts: 4

    I am appalled that in these times of economic turmoil ANY pay raise would be discussed for public service jobs, including union jobs. There is no consideration of the hardship on the public! Whatever happened to a fair living wage? This is PUBLIC service, not private corporations making-a-profit working.

    I am totally against state set salaries unless the state hands over the money to make it so.

  • diogenes posted at 6:16 am on Sat, Nov 3, 2012.

    diogenes Posts: 8

    It would be interesting if the Register Star did an article on TOTAL compensation, as I think these numbers are only base pay. Not included is vehicles provided (another few thousand a year for those who get them), as well as monies received from other county sources (ie. holding more than one job, being directors, officers, committee members) not just the titles listed here.